Lanny Young, a key witness against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, was released from federal prison yesterday.
Young, a lobbyist and landfill developer, had his two-year sentence reduced by U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller and was released on December 11.
Siegelman attorney Vince Kilborn was outraged by the decision, noting that Fuller has refused to release Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy pending their appeals.Kilborn also noted that Young had pled guilty to several felonies but still received a sharply reduced sentence.
Kilborn called Siegelman's continued imprisonment a "great American tragedy." The Siegelman case is at the heart of a Congressional investigation into selective prosecution by the Bush Justice Department.