BRADENTON, Fla. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Monday reinstated former Jefferson County, Ala., commissioner Gary White's 2008 conspiracy and bribery convictions and returned the case to Birmingham for sentencing.

White is among more than a dozen former elected officials and contractors charged or convicted of crimes involving Jefferson County's sewer system, which is saddled with $3.2 billion of troubled variable- and auction-rate debt that the county has been unable to restructure for nearly two years. The county has defaulted on its payments.

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