Siegelman remains free until August

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A ruling by a federal appeals court means it will be at least August before former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has to return to federal prison.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Siegelman's motion to delay returning his case to a lower court in Montgomery until after the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it will hear the former governor's appeal of his conviction in a government corruption case.

The order says the former governor's case will not be returned to Montgomery until Aug. 12 at the earliest.

Siegelman is currently out of prison on an appeal bond. His attorney, Vince Kilborn, says the ruling means the former governor will remain free for at least three months.

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