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12-01-08, 04:10 PM #1
There is a God!!! See ya King LaLa!!!
Be sure to read the comments at the bottom of the article.
Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford arrested on federal charges
Posted by Val Walton -- Birmingham News December 01, 2008 7:42 AM
Joe Songer/Birmingham News Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.
Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested this morning on federal charges and is being held at the federal courthouse, the FBI and other federal officials confirm.
See documents and past stories from the investigation of Langford.
A special grand jury for several months has been investigating county bond deals and Langford's financial dealings. Langford was Jefferson County Commission president 2002-06.
Al LaPierre, a close friend of Langford's who also was part of the federal investigation, will be surrendering today, said his attorney, Tommy Spina.
David McKnight, Montgomery banker Bill Blount's attorney, said Blount is on his way to Birmingham from Montgomery to surrender.
The Langford, LaPierre and Blount indictments are under seal, so details of the charges are not available.
Langford, LaPierre and Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount are accused in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit of not disclosing $156,000 in payments to Langford. The SEC has accused Blount of paying Langford through LaPierre as part of a plan to secure Jefferson County financial business when Langford was Jefferson County Commission president. (Read the May 2008 story)
The SEC lawsuit against Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford fails to show how friends' personal payments to Langford led to $6.7 million in government business, their lawyers said in a filing seeking dismissal of the suit this summer.
Former Jefferson County Commissioner John Katopodis was indicted in October on fraud charges stemming from his involvement with Computer Help for Kids, a charity established by Langford when Langford was mayor of Fairfield. Katapodis was arraigned on those charges in mid-November. Details of those charges.
This statement was released from the mayor's chief of staff, Deborah Vance-Bowie.:
"As you know, the Mayor was detained this morning by federal authorities. We do not know the details of his detention at this time. City business will go on as usual as we are all here to do a job and we'll continue to do our jobs to ensure we deliver the best services to the taxpayers of Birmingham. This is certainly no surprise to us -- we anticipated something happening soon especially knowing Alice Martin's days in office are numbered with the swearing in of a new president in late January -- just a little over a month from now. We are glad the mayor will finally have his day in court. As members of his team, we stand behind him and look forward to the day when we can return the focus to the important issues before the city."
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
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12-02-08, 01:19 PM #2
From what my Bama friends have related..........Good Riddance!CHIRP! CHIRP!
12-04-08, 10:24 AM #3
You think this will be the reason the Olympics don't come to Birmingham?
What an idiot. And I heard the race card thrown out mere hours after the arrest. Langford said that because he was a black democrat, the white administration was trying to get rid of him. (he did not say who the whitey's were though).
12-04-08, 01:13 PM #4
He will probably be like Richard Arrington (former mayor of Birmingham) and march down the middle of the street wrapped in chains!The strongest reason for the people to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny of government.
That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants.” – Jeff Cooper'
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