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Jury Selection Delayed for Trial of Former Alabama Gov. Siegelman

Monday, 04 October 2004 12:00 AM

A joint federal-state probe has already produced guilty pleas from three people connected to Siegelman's administration, including a former cabinet member who will be a key witness for the prosecution.

Siegelman, former chief of staff Paul Hamrick and physician Phillip Bobo are accused trying to rig bids on lucrative contracts sought by Bobo's company to provide medical care to poor pregnant women in rural Alabama in 1999, Siegelman's first year in office.

Siegelman, Bobo and Hamrick have all pleaded not guilty. Hamrick will be tried with Siegelman in Tuscaloosa, where the crimes allegedly occurred. Bobo, who sought a separate trial, will be tried later.

During Monday's hearing, former Siegelman aide Amy Herring, who worked as a lobbyist for Bobo, said Bobo had a plan for his company to get the contract and asked her to relay it to Siegelman and Hamrick.

Herring said Bobo wanted to get an extra $550,000 allocated to the State Fire College in Tuscaloosa, where he was an administrator, and then use that money to persuade a competitor to withdraw from competition for the bid.

Clemon asked Herring: "Was it your understanding what Dr. Bobo was doing was illegal?"

"No sir," she replied.

Siegelman, an attorney, has said the charges against him are a politically motivated attack by Republican prosecutors bent on ruining his reputation before a possible comeback bid for governor in 2006.

But U.S. Attorney Alice Martin has said she was confident the evidence was strong enough to bring convictions.

In 2003, the investigation produced guilty pleas from Siegelman's former executive secretary, Nick Bailey, and a lobbyist and an architect seeking favors from the state. Court records show Bailey will be a witness for the prosecution.

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