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Corruption Trial: Witness Says He Had Reservations About State Warehouse Project

A toll bridge developer says Don Siegelman promised him that he could pick the state's next transportation director if he made a $40,000 contribution to his 1998 campaign for governor.

Jim Allen says the commitment was made during a meeting that started out with Siegelman pointing fingers and angrily berating him for not contributing to his campaign. Allen says he eventually gave the campaign contribution and the job went to Mack Roberts, who was working for Allen at the time and had been transportation director under former Governor Jim Folsom Jr.

Allen was testifying in the government corruption trial of Siegelman, Roberts, former Siegelman chief of staff Paul Hamrick and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. During a break, Siegelman said Allen was lying and called him a jerk.

Also on Thursday, a former state finance department attorney testified he had reservations about a no-bid 20 (m) million dollar warehouse deal when he saw the "politically connected" people involved in it. He also said he had questions about the architect chosen.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press

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