U.S. Supreme Court orders Seigelman, Scrushy case review

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ordered a new review of the convictions in the government corruption case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

The order comes four years to the day Siegelman was convicted and three years to the day of his sentencing.

The court Tuesday ordered a federal appeals court to review their appeals in light of a ruling that went against what is known as the "honest services fraud" law.

"We are very pleased by the Court's action," said Siegelman attorney Sam Heldman. "We anticipate that there will be more briefing, and likely another oral argument, before the Eleventh Circuit.  Today's order is an important step along the way to a complete victory for Governor Siegelman."

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.

The former Alabama governor and ousted head of HealthSouth were convicted in 2006 on fraud and other charges.

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