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Verdict in: Langford guilty on all counts

Larry Langford

UPDATE: NPR’s All Things Considered is working on uploading audio that was filed earlier this evening during the broadcast.

It took less than two hours for a jury in Tuscaloosa, AL to find Birmingham mayor Larry Langford guilty on 60 federal counts. Information is still coming in, though it has been reported that he will be sentenced in the next 90-100 days.

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Larry’s been busy too

Today’s been a busy day insofar as Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s legal issues are concerned. This afternoon the legal team representing the mayor against federal charges brought against him recently asked that his right to a speedy trial be waived due to the amount of information that must be sorted through. The team will be hoping that the ruling in response to this motion is in their favor, unlike the ruling that was handed down earlier in the day involving the case brought against him by Central Alabama Pride, Inc. in late August.

Larry Langford arrested, charged as part of 101-count Federal indictment

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Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, arrested early Monday morning at his job at Birmingham Budweiser, appeared in federal court in leg-irons and pleaded not guilty in federal court as prosecutors outlined a 101-count criminal indictment alleging bribery, conspiracy, fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns; he is named in 60 of them.

Langford, with longtime friend and lobbyist Albert LaPierre and Montgomery-based investment banker William Blount, are accused of creating “pay to play” criminal schemes in which they personally and professionally profited from Jefferson County’s billion-dollar sewer bond deals.

Langford was the County Commission president from 2003 to 2007, and oversaw the county’s financial committee. During that time, prosecutors allege Langford got as much as $235,000 from Blount through LaPierre, and that Blount’s firm, Blount Parrish & Co., received $7.1 million in fees from county bond swap transactions.

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UPDATED: Langford arrested on federal charges

UPDATE; 12.1.2008: Check out this full report from Birmingham View’s Vickii Howell.

The first work day after the Thanksgiving holiday began with Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford being arrested on federal charges early this morning. The 101-count indictment was unsealed today during a news conference held by U.S. Attorney Alice Martin. We do know that he is being held at the Jefferson County Courthouse. There is a press conference scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. We’re assuming that NBC 13 and myFoxAL.com will cover the conference live.

We’re going to take our time on this one, so we’ll also invite you to follow this breaking news story across the local media spectrum:

NBC 13, Fox 6, CBS 42, ABC 33/40, Birmingham Weekly, The Birmingham News.  

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