The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday refused to consider rehearing the appeal of former Jefferson County commissioner Larry Langford on his pay-to-play conviction.
The rehearing request was denied by the court without explanation.
Attorney Michael Rasmussen told the Birmingham News that he was disappointed the court would not grant the rehearing, and that Langford would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In August, after a detailed review of Langford’s trial and subsequent conviction, the appellate court said it was not persuaded that any errors were made in the case.
Langford in 2009 was found guilty on 61 federal counts of bribery, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and filing a false tax return.
Most of the charges related to the county’s defaulted sewer refunding warrants, which Langford spearheaded while in office to delay huge increases to ratepayers.
Langford is serving a 15-year prison sentence and is among dozens of elected officials, contractors, and others who worked on the sewer system and the financings who have been convicted of corruption.
In addition to the prison sentence, Langford was ordered to pay $119,985 to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes he failed to pay on bribes, forfeit $241,843, and pay court costs.