Long before former governor Don Siegelman and former Healthsouth CEO Richard Scrushy arrived at the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery, supporters of the two called for mercy. On the other side of the spectrum, one man shouted jail time for the two men. A federal jury convicted Siegelman and Scrushy on public corruption charges last summer. Both men could get anything from probation to decades in prison.
In fact, Herman Henderson barked how the former Governor and Scrushy need to do time in prison. 'No one is above the law' Henderson hollered.
John Alford, however, says his group of concerned ministers is calling on Judge Mark Fuller to show mercy, citing Siegelman and Scrushy's 'charitable work' and 'years of public service' over the years.
Alford's group isn't necessarily saying the men should walk out free but declined to say what would be a fair sentence.
Henderson, meantime, was so emotional that he literally screamed in Richard Scrushy's wife's face. Leslie Scrushy turned towards Henderson as she was making her way to the courthouse. She never uttered a word and eventually went in.
The sentencing hearing continues tomorrow (Wednesday). Both sides say they plan to be there everyday this week.