The district court found - and the government does not contest - that Siegelman has presented sufficient evidence to establish "that be is not likely to flee or pose a danger to the safety of others" and that the appeal is not for purpose of delay... After thorough review of this complex and protracted record, we conclude that Siegelman has satisfied the criteria set out in the statute, and has specifically met his burden of showing that his appeal raises substantial questions of law or fact, as required... We therefore grant the renewed motion to release Siegelman on bond pending disposition of his appeal. Siegelman shall be released on the same terms and conditions as those governing his release pending sentencing.Governor Siegelman, in his first interview since being freed, made no bones about whom he thinks is behind his imprisonment:
Speaking by telephone in his first post-prison interview, shortly after he had left the federal penitentiary at Oakdale, LA, Mr. Siegelman said there had been “abuse of power” in his case, and repeatedly cited Karl Rove, the former White House political director.
“His fingerprints are smeared all over the case,” Mr. Siegelman said, a day after a federal appeals court ordered him released on bond and said there were legitimate questions about his case. He was sentenced to serve seven years last June after a guilty verdict on bribery and corruption charges a year earlier.
In measured tones after spending nine months at the prison, the former governor, a Democrat, said he would press to have Mr. Rove answer questions to Congress about his possible involvement in the case.
“When Attorney General Gonzales and Karl Rove left office in a blur, they left the truth buried in their documents,” Mr. Siegelman said, referring to Alberto R. Gonzales. “It’s going to be my quest to encourage Congress to ensure that Karl Rove either testifies, or takes the Fifth.”
Dan Abrams of MSNBC's The Verdict has been following this case, and has more in the clip below.