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June 26, 2006

Costly Trial For Former Alabama Governor And 3 Defendants

Former Governor Don Siegelman made no bones about it.

"I've spent my retirement fund," Siegelman claimed.

The former governor says he's depleted his entire retirement savings, cashing in $1.1 million dollars in bank CD's.

"I've gone through several lawyers," he told reporters outside the Federal Courthouse as jurors deliberated for the 8th day without a verdict.

It's not just the legal bills that are piling up.

"We've been at the Embassy Suites for the last 2 and a half months and that doesn't include legal fees," said Siegelman attorney Vince Kilborn.

Richard Scrushy, who is reportedly the wealthiest of the 4 defendants, says he's paid 'too much' in attorney fees. Mack Roberts' attorney also declined to give a figure but said in an earlier interview that the trial is one more expense his client has faced in recent years.

"Mr. Roberts has put his kids through college and his wife had two major illnesses and that's caused major medical bills for the family," said attorney David McKnight.

Former Siegelman aide Paul Hamrick told WSFA 12 News that so far his attorney fees have come out to more than $100,000. Most of it, he says, are coming from loans, scraping the barrel and raiding his children's college funds.

On the government side, prosecutors say they've spent below a million dollars just on Siegelman.

The jury resumes deliberations Tuesday morning.

Reporter: Bryan Henry

 

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