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Ex-governor pleads not guilty in corruption case

October 28, 2005

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— Former Gov. Don Siegelman pleaded not guilty Thursday in a political corruption case, saying he will be "proven totally innocent" and won't halt his campaign for a second term.

A federal grand jury indicted Siegelman and two former Cabinet members Wednesday, along with former HealthSouth Chairman Richard Scrushy, in what prosecutors described as "a widespread racketeering conspiracy."

Siegelman and his former chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, are charged with trading political favors for money, and Siegelman is accused of soliciting more than $1 million from people doing business with the state. Former state Transportation Director Mack Roberts is accused of using mail fraud to help Siegelman.

Hamrick and Roberts also pleaded not guilty Thursday. Scrushy is due in court today.

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