BRADENTON, Fla. — The long-awaited pay-to-play trial of Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Larry Langford is slated to start Monday with jury selection.

Langford faces some 60 federal charges arising from when he was president of the Jefferson County commission and orchestrated the refinancing of $3.2 billion of sewer warrants into variable- and auction-rate debt that the county has been unable to restructure for well over a year. With sewer system revenues unable to keep pace with higher penalty interest costs and accelerated principal payments, Jefferson County has defaulted on some of the debt.

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