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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Strange Story and the Siegelman case

A peculiar story surfaces today, and it has connections to the Don Siegelman case--in a roundabout way.

The Augusta (GA) Chronicle reports that two former Georgia legislators, both currently in federal prison, have been moved so they can testify in federal court. The new locations for Charles Walker and Robin Williams were not disclosed, nor was the federal case in which they might testify.

In 2006, Williams was moved to a county jail outside Montgomery, in Prattville, so that he could testify in the Siegelman case. Williams wound up not testifying in the case, which ended with the convictions of Siegelman and codefendant Richard Scrushy.

Both men are appealing their convictions before the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Walker and Williams had been assigned to a federal facility in Estill, South Carolina. But they were moved under a federal writ, which normally is issued when a prisoner is called to testify in a federal case.