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Judge delays ruling in Siegelman new trial effort

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal court has delayed ruling on whether the judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman should be allowed to decide if Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy deserve a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled last week that he would wait to decide until an appellate court rules on appeals filed by Siegelman and Scrushy.

The two men were convicted on felony charges, and they now claim U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery shouldn't be allowed to continue hearing post-trial challenges.

An appeals court has rejected the appeals of their convictions, but the U.S. Supreme Court asked the panel to reconsider because of recent court decisions concerning a federal bribery statute.

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