In a blow to Birmingham Mayor Larry P. Langford and Alabama broker-dealer William B. Blount, a federal judge in Miami denied their motion to switch venues and have a judge in Alabama decide whether the Securities and Exchange Commission can force them to testify in a probe of Jefferson County, Ala., swaps and derivatives.

Judge Paul C. Huck denied their motion without comment at the end of a hearing Monday, ordering that the pair participate in a deposition by telephone, according to minutes of the hearing released by the court.

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