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The Defendants

The Defendants

The main character in the court case and the one federal prosecutors want the most is former Governor Don Siegelman.   Siegelman is charged with all counts but one in the case.  Siegelman says he wants to take the stand in this case and believes he is the target of a Republican conspiracy to prevent his run for governor this year.  He has continued to campaign since his indictment.

Siegelman and his defense team have also said it is not illegal for government officials to accept gifts from friends and business associates .  Siegelman stands accused of accepting $500,000 in contributions from Richard Scrushy and then placing Scrushy on the CON Board among other charges.  He is also alleged to have received $204,200 and an ATV from Lanny Young in exchange for helping Young and his business clients.

Siegelman served as lieutenant governor from around January 16, 1995 to January 18, 1999.  He was a candidate for governor from around March 31, 1996 to around November 3, 1998.  He was elected governor and served from around January 18, 1999 to January 20, 2003.  You can read more about the charges against Siegelman and his other relationships through the links on the upper left.

Paul Hamrick served in the lieutenant governor's office from around January 16, 1995 to May 8, 1998.  He also served as Siegelman's chief of staff from around January 19, 1999 to June 30, 2001.  

Hamrick is tied at the hip to Siegelman in the indictment.  He was alleged to have a strong friendship with lobbyist Lanny Young and to be a conduit of many of the alleged transactions in the case.  Hamrick is accused of accepting $46,000 from Young, including $25,000 for a BMW.  He allegedly provided Young with help in Young's business interests.

Gary Mack Roberts was an employee of a business owned by Jimmy Lynn Allen from about December 23, 1996 to January 18, 1999.

Subsequently he served as director of the Alabama Department of transportation from January 19, 1999 to June 20, 2001.  Roberts is alleged to have become head of DOT as part of an extortion effort by Siegelman to collect money from toll bridge builder Jimmy Lynn Allen.  He stands accused of in return helping Allen in business deals with the DOT.

Richard M. Scrushy was the chairman and CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, a business selling medical products and services in the State of Alabama and elsewhere, which was regulated by the State of Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board (CON Board).  

Scrushy has said he believes he has been targeted by the federal government.  Supporters and non-supporters alike have conjectured that the federal government was not happy at getting it handed to them by Scrushy's defense team in the $2.6 billion HealthSouth fraud trial in which Scrushy was exonerated.  He stands accused of arraning $500,000 in contributions to the Siegelman lottery campaign effort in exchange for a seat for himself and eventually another HealthSouth member to replace him on the board.

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