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 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.