Prosecutors have rested their case in the federal government corruption trial of former Governor Don Siegelman and three others.
Chief prosecutor Louis Franklin rested the government's case this morning after 27 days of testimony and more than 60 witnesses. Defense attorneys say they will spend this afternoon asking U-S District Judge Mark Fuller to dismiss charges against the four defendants. Fuller has said that defense attorneys could begin presenting their cases to jurors tomorrow (Friday) morning. Also on trial are Siegelman's former chief of staff Paul Hamrick, Siegelman's former transportation director Mack Roberts and former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy.
Charges against Siegelman and Hamrick include racketeering, bribery and conspiracy. Roberts is charged with mail fraud and Scrushy mail fraud and bribery. Prosecutors say government favors were traded for campaign contributions and gifts during Siegelman's terms as Governor and Lieutenant Governor.