- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Gov. Don Siegelman will be in federal court Monday for a hearing on his request to get out of prison while he appeals his 2006 bribery conviction.

Siegelman is asking the judge to release him until his appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is resolved. Judges have previously refused to release the former governor, but his lawyers argue the appeal has gone on much longer than anticipated. The arguments are scheduled for January after being repeatedly postponed.

A jury convicted Siegelman on bribery charges accusing him of selling a spot on a regulatory board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for campaign donations.

Siegelman has been serving his 78-month sentence in a Louisiana prison camp. He will attend the hearing in Montgomery federal court.

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