Breaking: Supreme Court vacates conviction of Don Siegelman

The US Supreme Court has ruled to vacate the conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who was convicted of bribery charges in 2006 in a case that was widely seen as politically motivated.

The ruling was vacated in light of another recent ruling which revised the court’s opinion of an “honest services” fraud statute, a ruling that has helped former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. Siegelman’s case will now be remanded to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for a second consideration.

A second attorney, Paul Minor, who was a major donor to the Democratic Party and convicted under similar politically motivated circumstances. It’s unclear how this ruling will affect his case. Minor was represented by former Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson, who had said the “honest services” ruling last week could help his client’s efforts to have his conviction thrown out.

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