This decision has been painful, but I truly believe it would hurt Alabama to go through this divisive processAlabama Gov. Siegelman concedes election Nov 18, 2002
When the votes were counted the first time we were the winner, and we will be the winner when votes are certified FridayTwo claim win in Alabama governor's race Nov 06, 2002
Those of you who were here during the civil rights struggle contributed so much. It had an impact on my life, as it did on so many others throughout the state and the worldRecalling UPI's civil rights coverage Apr 21, 2002
Siegelman at Netroots Nation 2008
Donald Eugene Siegelman (born February 24, 1946), American, was a longtime Alabama politician of the Democratic Party. He was the governor of Alabama for one term from 1999 to 2003. Siegelman is the only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected offices: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He served in Alabama politics for 26 years.
After the expiration of his governorship, two of Alabama's United States Attorneys began a criminal investigation against him on accusations of corruption while in office. Indictments came in 2004 and again in 2005, and in 2006 he was convicted on corruption charges. There has been an ongoing controversy due to counteraccusations that his prosecution was intentionally wrongful, engineered by presidential advisor Karl Rove and officials of the U.S. Department of Justice to gain political advantage. National news media have published investigations into this claim and at least 50 U.S. legislators and officials have publicly expressed their skepticism over Siegelman's prosecution. The treatment of Siegelman pending his sentencing was so harsh that it prompted an intervention by 44 former Attorneys General of various states.