BRADENTON, Fla. — A federal judge in Alabama has denied former Jefferson County Commission president and Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s request to remain free on bond while appealing his federal conviction on pay-to-play charges.

Langford was found guilty on 60 charges last October relating largely to his time as county commission president when he spearheaded the refinancing of Jefferson County’s now-failed sewer debt, causing an ongoing financial crisis for the county since early 2008 when the credit markets collapsed.

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