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Sentencing Reality for Former Governor, CEO

MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 29, 2007 -- Reality has hit home for two men who at one time were among the most powerful in the state of Alabama.  Former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO were carted out of the federal courthouse in Montgomery in shackles and taken to the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, sources confirmed Friday morning.

The Atlanta Penitentiary is one of the oldest and most hardened facilities in the country.  It was one of the first five built.  Attorneys for Don Siegelman will file their motion for an appeal bond hopefully today and look to file with the 11th Circuit by Monday.  Attorneys for Richard Scrushy filed their appeal bond motion last night.  Judge Mark Fuller refused to entertain talk of an appeal bond in the courtroom say neither defendant was eligible.

Siegelman received a sentence of seven years and four months in federal prison for bribery and obstruction of justice and Scrushy was sentenced to six years and 10 months. 

Siegelman was fined $50,000 due immediately, a special assessment fee of $700 and ordered to pay more than $181,000 to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).  Judge Fuller waived the imposition of interest on Siegelman due to his financial status.  Following his release from prison, Siegelman will be required to serve three years of supervisory release and do 500 hours of community service.

Scrushy was fined $150,000 due immediately and ordered to pay restitution of $267,000 to UBS Warburg who has stipulated that its payment should be paid to United way of Central Alabama.  Scrushy will also have to pay for the cost of his imprisonment and supervision -$1,952.66 per month and $3,450 per year, respectively and pay an assessment fee of $600.  Scrushy also will serve three years of supervisory release and do 500 hours of community service.

Once the sentences were pronounced, the two men were taken immediately to a holding area in the courthouse where they saw themselves separated from things like belts, watches, and rings and wearing new jewelry - shackles. 

Attorneys for the two men were eventually allowed to see them prior to their departure from the courthouse to parts unknown.  Family and friends of Richard Scrushy waited outside the door leading to the Marshal's office for any word, eventually learning very little, but it appeared at one point as though Leslie Scrushy penned a note to her husband which she sealed with a kiss.  Mr. Scrushy had saluted his wife and mouthed "I love you" according to sources in the courtroom as he had been led away earlier.

According to sources, the two men were allowed one phone call and presumably made that call to their family. 

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