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Alabama: Siegelman and Scrushy guilty; a campaign contribution can be a bribe

The Birmingham News reports: A federal jury convicted former Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy Thursday on corruption charges alleging that Scrushy bought a seat on a state board with $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's lottery campaign. ...

Outside the courthouse, a smiling Siegelman showed no sign of distress, casually chatting with reporters and praising his defense team.

"If I'm really guilty of this, then every other person in public office better look out. I mean, everybody's raising money and putting people on boards and commissions," Siegelman said. -- Siegleman, Scrushy guilty of bribery

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