MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge has refused to grant a
new trial for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former
HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy.
U-S District Judge Mark Fuller ruled today that the jury that
convicted Siegelman and Scrushy in June was not unfairly influenced
by outside information.
Siegelman and Scrushy had asked for a new trial. They claimed
that jurors communicated with each other by e-mail during the trial
and that they considered outside material from the Internet during
deliberations. Fuller ruled there was evidence that one juror
downloaded the indictment of Scrushy and Siegelman from the
Internet and that the jury foreman downloaded instructions on being
a jury foreman.
But he says those incidents were not sufficient for him to order
a new trial.
Attorneys for Siegelman and Scrushy have said they expected to
appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals if Fuller denied
the new trial motion.
Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted after a two-month trial on
bribery and conspiracy charges. Siegelman was also convicted on a
separate obstruction of justice charge.
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