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Siegelman Timeline

Significant events in the career of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and the criminal cases brought against him:

  • 1973-1978: Serves as executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party.
  • 1978-1990: Elected secretary of state twice and elected state attorney before losing Democratic runoff for governor and opening a private law practice.
  • 1994: Elected lieutenant governor.
  • 1998: Elected governor, defeating Republican incumbent Fob James with a campaign promise to enact a statewide lottery for education.
  • 1999: The lottery proposal is quickly approved by the Legislature but turned back by voters.
  • 2002: Narrowly loses general election for governor to Republican Bob Riley after campaigning amid investigations by federal prosecutors in Birmingham and Montgomery.
  • 2004: Indicted in Birmingham on bid-rigging charges in an alleged Medicaid fraud case. But in October the case is dismissed after a federal judge rules evidence is lacking on a key charge.
  • October 2005: Indicted by a federal grand jury in Montgomery along with ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy and two former Cabinet members on what prosecutors call a "widespread racketeering conspiracy."
  • May 1, 2006: Siegelman, Scrushy and two others go on trial in federal court in Montgomery in government corruption case.
  • June 6, 2006: Loses Democratic primary for governor to Lucy Baxley.
  • June 29, 2006: Convicted on six bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud counts with Scrushy, involving the 1999 lottery campaign, plus an obstruction of justice count; acquitted on 27 counts, including racketeering.
  • June 28, 2007: Sentenced to seven years, four months in federal prison on his convictions.

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