Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has been kept in solitary confinement in a federal prison for the past two months according to his son.
The suspected reason?
Siegelman called a liberal talk radio program in October where he maintained his innocence.
According to the AP, Siegelman’s son- Joe Siegelman claims that his father was sent to a higher security facility where he has been kept in solitary.
“All I know is it’s been eight weeks and he’s still locked in a box,” Joe Siegelman told the AP.
Don Siegelman was convicted in 2006 of seven counts- including bribery, conspiracy, and fraud in a controversial case that many have viewed as being politically motivated.
Siegelman was the last Democrat elected governor in Alabama.
Siegelman was interviewed on the Tom Hartmann in October to promote a film about his case.
During the interview, Siegelman maintained that he was innocent and mentioned the judge who oversaw his case- Mark Fuller.
Fuller has been accused by some that he was influenced by Bush administration officials including former Deputy White House Chief Of Staff Karl Rove.
In an interview I conducted with Fuller as a student reporter in 2012, the judge maintained that he had no connection to the Bush White House during the Siegelman trial.
“No, I was never contacted by anybody,” Fuller said in 2012. “I’ve never met Karl Rove, never spoken to Karl Rove.
“I thought and I believe that I called that case as fairly as I have any other case. I couldn’t live with myself if I thought that I had railroaded somebody, the government or an individual defendant,” Fuller said.
Fuller resigned in 2014 after he was arrested for allegedly beating his wife at an Atlanta hotel.
Siegelman is expected to be released from prison in August of 2017.
LISTEN: Don Siegelman on the Tom Hartmann radio program.
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