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A Guilty Plean in Conspiracy Case Involving Birmingham Officials

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - A longtime Alabama lobbyist has pleaded guilty to paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.
Al LaPierre admitted being the middleman Thursday in a
conspiracy to route money to Langford from Montgomery investment
banker Bill Blount. Blount's firm received millions of dollars in
work from the Jefferson County Commission while Langford was a
member.
Langford is accused of accepting more than $230,000 in bribes in
exchange for funneling business to Blount's company. Langford and
Blount pleaded not guilty, and their trial is set for Aug. 31.
LaPierre agreed to help prosecutors in a plea deal, and the
government will recommend a reduced sentence of four years in
prison if he does.

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