BRADENTON, Fla. — The pay-to-play corruption trial of Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Larry Langford began last Monday in Tuscaloosa, and before the week ended two of the government’s star witnesses described their roles in bribing Langford while he was president of the Jefferson County commission.
Langford is on trial in federal court before U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler. He faces 60 counts, nearly half of which are bribery charges. He also is charged with 22 counts of fraud as well as charges for filing false tax returns and conspiracy. Most of the charges are related to the refinancing of $3.2 billion of sewer debt on which Jefferson County has now defaulted.