Court decision seen as good sign for Siegelman

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy see a positive sign in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear the appeal of former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling. Like Skilling, some of the charges against Siegelman and Scrushy involved "honest services" counts, which make it a crime to deprive the public of "the intangible right to honest services."

Siegelman attorney Sam Heldman said the fact that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear three different cases involving "honest services" charges is a sign that the law is "broad and confusing." Siegelman and Scrushy are waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeals of their convictions in a government corruption case.

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