Siegelman Trial Day 26

On Thursday, Prosecutors tried to show that toll bridge developer Jim Allen was paid one-point-five million dollars by a Louisiana engineering company and another firm after Mack Roberts became then Governor Don Siegelman's transportation director in 1999 and those companies received millions of dollars in highway design work in Alabama.

Allen has testified that when Siegelman was running for governor in 1998 he promised that Allen could pick the next highway director in exchange for a 40-thousand dollar campaign donation. But under cross-examination by Roberts attorney, Gary Moore, a D-O-T official, later testified that the Louisiana company received some contracts from the state before Siegelman became governor and have continued to do some work for the state since Siegelman left office in 2003.

Siegelman, meanwhile, said he is not bitter about losing the Democratic Party nomination for governor and now plans to spend more time with his family and concentrating on receiving a not guilty verdict. Also on trial are Paul Hamrick and former HealthSouth boss Richard Scrushy. The federal government corruption trial is in its 26th day in Montgomery federal court.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press