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Alabama: trial date set for former Gov. Siegelman and Richard Scrushy

AP reports: A federal judge on Monday ordered the government corruption trial of former Gov. Don Siegelman and three co-defendants to begin May 1, which means Siegelman should have a verdict before he runs in the Democratic primary for governor on June 6. ...

The indictment against Siegelman and Hamrick, Siegelman's former chief of staff, accuses them of violating racketeering laws, with Siegelman accused of soliciting more than $1 million in payoffs.

The indictment alleges Scrushy made disguised payments totaling $500,000 to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in return for getting appointed to a key state hospital regulatory board. -- Judge sets Siegelman case trial for May 1

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