Good news for Siegelman, bad news for Rove

11th Circuit grants bond pending appeal

The 11th Circuit has issued what is in effect a fairly stinging rebuke to the trial judge in the Siegelman case, and given what a strong hint about Siegelman’s chances of having his conviction reversed. The trial judge had sent Siegelman to prison pending appeal, but the appeals court just let Siegelman out, saying that he has raised “substantial questions” on appeal. Among other things, that means that reporters get to talk to him. There were already plans for him to testify in Congress.

Of course, he’ll never get those nine months back, even if he’s exonerated. Is it any wonder that some of us hate the Bush Administration?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com