The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new review of the convictions in the government corruption case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy.
High court orders review of Scrushy case
The court's brief order vacated the decision of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld their convictions, and ordered the lower court to review the appeals in light of a ruling that went against what is known as the “honest services” fraud law.
Last week the justices found fault with the anti-fraud law in the case of former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling, and defense attorneys for Siegelman and Scrushy had hoped that ruling would give them a new chance to challenge their convictions.
Siegelman attorney Sam Heldman, who handled the former governor's case before the Supreme Court, called the court's decision “a massive victory.”
Justice Department spokeswoman Alisa Finelli said the agency had no comment on the Supreme Court decision.
The 11th Circuit last year struck down two charges that Siegelman was convicted of but upheld the other five—two for fraud and the others for bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Siegelman said Tuesday that all counts were mingled at trial and all five should be overturned in the 11th Circuit review.
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