- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Imprisoned Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman failed to make the White House list of pardons and commutations, disappointing supporters who contend his bribery conviction and 6 ½-year sentence are the result of a Republican conspiracy.

Four offenders from Alabama received commuted sentences, President Barack Obama announced Friday. They were among the 95 nonviolent drug offenders that made the list along with two others who were pardoned.

The commutations are the most that Obama has issued at once time.

Joseph Siegelman, Siegelman’s son and attorney, said a commutation request filed in 2012 was rejected because of Siegelman’s pending appeals. But Obama could grant clemency for the fellow Democrat at any time.

“We remain hopeful that the president will recognize this injustice,” said the younger Siegelman.

A jury convicted the 69-year-old Siegelman of bribery and obstruction in 2006 after prosecutors claimed he sold a seat on a state health board to former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for campaign contributions to Siegelman’s effort to establish a state lottery in 1999.

Siegelman, who was released from prison for a time while appealing, is scheduled for release from federal prison in 2017.

Of the four Alabamians whose sentences were commuted by Obama, only one, Tommie Sand Tyree of Birmingham, had been sentenced to life in prison. He had received the sentence for distribution of crack cocaine.

The others were Oscar Cole Jr. of Bessemer, Reginald Gerard Ennis of Mobile and Billy R. Mercer Jr. of Slapout.

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