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State and Nation

December 19, 2013

President helps 3 from Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was not among the 21 people who received commutations and pardons from the president on Thursday.

Siegelman's family and supporters have been trying to get President Barack Obama to help the former governor, who is in federal prison for bribery.

The president did act on three cases from Alabama. He commuted the life sentence of Clarence Aaron of Mobile so that he will be released in April. Aaron was convicted on drug charges involving cocaine. The president said Aaron and others receiving commutations were sentenced under old drug laws that were unduly harsh.

The president granted pardons to Charlie Lee Davis Jr. of Wetumpka and Martin Alan Hatcher of Foley. Both were convicted of drug crimes and have finished their sentences.

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