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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A juror who voted to convict former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on federal bribery charges testified Tuesday he was not contacted by representatives of either defendant before he gave two sworn statements saying he felt pressured to reach a guilty verdict. The juror was identified during a court hearing as Juror No. 5, but he has been named in previous court filings as Charlie Stanford of Ozark. Stanford testified Tuesday night at the conclusion of a more than nine-hour hearing called by U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to determine if there was illegal contact with Stanford by attorneys for Siegelman or Scrushy. A local federal court rule prevents attorneys for either side from contacting jurors after a trial, without the permission of the judge, for the purpose of challenging the verdict. Siegelman and Scrushy have filed motions for a new trial and have included the affidavits from the juror in their motions. Fuller said if he determines that Stanford was contacted illegally, he may throw out the affidavits and not consider them as he deliberates on the new trial motion. Fuller did not make an immediate ruling. Much of Tuesday’s hearing concerned when Siegelman and Scrushy’s attorneys knew about Stanford’s statement and if they had anything to do with the affidavits from the juror. Stanford said the first of the two affidavits he signed was given to a Jefferson County preacher and was not an accurate reflection of his statement. “He took it all down. But it wasn’t in my words the way he put it down,” Stanford said. He said a second affidavit, taken by Birmingham attorney Debra Winston, more accurately reflected his statement. Winston is the wife of the preacher, Charles Winston, who took the original affidavit. Winston testified that she notified Siegelman’s chief attorney, Vince Kilborn, shortly after she received the first affidavit from her husband in early August, a little over a month after jurors returned the guilty verdict on June 29. Fuller, who conducted the hearing Tuesday and questioned all witnesses, asked Winston why she contacted Kilborn. “I felt after a trial of this magnitude, really and truly this needed to come to the attention of the court,” Winston said. She said she later faxed the second affidavit to Kilborn and his partner, David McDonald. She said she was not contacted by attorneys for either defendant before the first affidavit was given. Winston said she became involved because her husband and Stanford’s wife’s preacher, Rev. Stephen Hudson, are friends. Also, she said she is representing Hudson in an unrelated criminal case. Fuller questioned Winston at length about why she contacted Siegelman’s attorneys rather than turning the affidavits over to him. “I thought this was a defense issue and I contacted the defense attorneys,” Winston said. Fuller asked her if she violated the court rule about not contacting jurors and she said “no.” “Juror No. 5 came to me,” she said. The Ozark pastor, Hudson, said he first talked to Stanford when his wife said he was depressed over the trial. “When he first came in it was like he was forced. But once he started talking I could see he was angry and pent up about it,” Hudson said. Fuller also said Tuesday he would rule on that motion for a new trial later, but said he would not grant a new trial based on arguments that the judge improperly communicated with jurors. In the affidavits, Juror No. 5 says he felt pressured by Fuller to reach a verdict. Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges. Siegelman was also convicted on an obstruction of justice count unrelated to Scrushy.

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