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Tue August 18, 2009
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Birmingham's Mayor Can't Afford Lawyer in Bribery Charge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
(AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford cannot afford to pay a lawyer to represent him in his upcoming trail.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Greene on Monday appointed Michael Rasmussen to continue representing Langford, who is facing bribery charges.
Green wrote that Langford is not completely indigent, he just can't afford to pay for representation.
Langford, Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre were named in a 101-count indictment in December.
Blount and Langford are scheduled for trial August 31st on federal mail fraud, bribery, money laundering and conspiracy charges.
LaPierre has pleaded guilty and will likely testify for
prosecutors.