Siegelman Trial Day 11 - Lanny Young Says He Gave Thousands to Siegelman

Lanny Young (l)
Lanny Young (l)
Don Siegelman
Don Siegelman
Paul Hamrick
Paul Hamrick

Plane rides, a motorcycle, and 1,000 custom-printed coffee mugs. That's what one of the government's key witnesses said he gave to then-governor Don Siegelman. Siegelman is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for preferential treatment.

Two of Siegelman's former cabinet members, Paul Hamrick and Mack Roberts, and ousted Healthsouth CEO Richard Scrushy are also on trial.

Lanny Young, a Montgomery businessman, told jurors Tuesday he gave all kinds of things to Siegelman and his campaign. Young said he did it so that as governor, Siegelman would "do anything I wanted him to do."

"He had an agreement. He had a quid pro quo," said chief prosecutor Louis Franklin of Young's testimony. "He said that his agreement with Paul Hamrick, Governor Siegelman and Nick Bailey was that he would give them money knowing that they would do things for him if they got into office."

Siegelman maintains he did not ask Young for any of the contributions and did not offer anything in return.

"He certainly didn't give all the stuff that he claimed to give today," Siegelman said.

Specifically, Young testified that he gave tens of thousands of dollars to Siegelman's campaign fund. He says he also provided air travel, campaign T-shirts, and a salary for a campaign worker.

Young also claims he gave cash so Siegelman could buy a motorcycle and Siegelman's chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, could lease a BMW.

Hamrick chose not to comment.

"We're gonna wait until they finish all their testimony. Then we'll see what they got," Hamrick said.

Another interesting gift, according to Young, was 1,000 custom-made coffee mugs. The Siegelmans gave the mugs to friends and supporters as Christmas gifts.

But defense attorneys pointed out that Young also gave coffee mugs to other public officials, including then-attorney general Bill Pryor. They say it's suspicious that only Siegelman is on trial.

Young's testimony comes as part of a plea bargain with the government. He is currently awaiting sentencing. He was scheduled to continue his testimony when the trial resumed Wednesday morning.

Scrushy's Attorneys File Another Severance Motion

Jurors also heard from a former attorney in the secretary of state's office Tuesday who told them that Siegelman was late in reporting donations made by then-Healthsouth CEO Richard Scrushy. Prosecutors are trying to prove Scrushy made the donations in exchange for favors.

But his attorneys maintain Scrushy's actions in no way compare to the other defendants, which is why they asked the judge to grant him his own trial.

"The government has mixed apples and oranges," explained Scrushy's attorney, Terry Butts. "They have involved a racketeering conspiracy, but Mr. Scrushy was not named in the racketeering aspects of the indictment and normally you don't see the two mixed."

Scrushy's attorneys have made similar motions in the past. Again Tuesday, the judge denied their request.

Reporter: Mark Bullock