On August 3th our Governor Don Siegelman was resentenced to serve the balance of a 78 month term. Don's reporting date is September 11th.
At the sentencing in 2007 Judge Fuller had the Governor hand cuffed and shackled with chains around his legs and waist and taken from the court room and put into solitary confinement in the basement of a maximum security prison in Atlanta at 1:00 AM.
On August 3rd at resentencing Judge Fuller granted a motion for Don to self-report and said that he would request that the BOP place Don at a facility "as near Alabama as he can be designated".
While Talladega is only 49 miles away and Maxwell Air Force base only 97 miles Judge Fuller must have thought that Don's enthusiastic supporters like me would be viewed as way too much of a distraction if Don were in Alabama.
Pensacola, however, is only 251 miles away, about a 4 and - hour drive for Don's wife, Lori.
But oh no, apparently even Pensacola is too near Alabama for the Judge, because Don just received notice that he is assigned to Oakdale, Louisiana, a 17-18 hour, 900+ mile round trip.
As you may remember Lori, Don's wife, lost an eye in a horrific automobile accident with a drunk driver in 1984. She would have difficulty driving the 17-18 hour, 900+ mile round trip to Oakdale and back. It would be very dangerous and nearly impossible for her to drive it alone.
This is nothing but punitive. It is outrageous that the Judge is sending Don to prison at all for something that wasn't a crime. It's never been a crime to appoint a contributor to something. Where do Ambassadors come from? From people who raise money for whomever is elected president!
If it was not for Richard Scrushy being the contributor and for the government pressuring Nick Bailey who was facing 40 to 100 years in prison to lie there would not have been a conviction.
The conviction makes me sick the extreme sentence makes me sick and putting Don as far from his family and friends AS POSSIBLE... MAKES ME ANGRY.