Appeals court refuses to remove judge in former AL governor trial

The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused Wednesday to remove the district judge presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman for Medicare fraud. US Attorney Alice Martin sought to have District Judge U.W. Clemon removed from the case for an alleged pro-defense bias. A three-judge panel denied Martin’s request without an explanation.

The trial of Siegelman and his former chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, is scheduled to begin Monday. See this Paper Chase report for background. View Siegelman’s indictment here [PDF]. The Montgomery Advertiser has continuing coverage of the case. AP has more.

 

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