From The B'ham News - TUSCALOOSA -- Larry Langford was found guilty Wednesday on all federal criminal counts against him, abruptly halting the 32-year career of a Jefferson County political fixture who had been Birmingham's mayor for just under two years.
The jury of nine women and three men found Langford guilty on all 60 bribery-related counts after less than two hours of deliberation in U.S. District Court in Tuscaloosa. The trial, which lasted eight days, was moved from Birmingham at Langford's request because of what he called adverse pretrial publicity.
Of course, as with all Birmingham's city politicians, race is front and center whenever adversity comes their way....."He is not guilty," Melva Langford said. "Only in Alabama can a black man not get a fair trial. The Justice Department has been conspiring and working hard to get my husband."
The first thing guilty, black politicians do when they get caught, is throw out phony racism charges.
When he was on the JeffCo Commission, Lankford took $236,000 in money, clothes and, jewelry to insure that county bond deals went to specific companies. At the same time he was being bribed, Jefferson County went into $1billion in debt, partially because of Lankford's crooked antics, and has since swelled to $5billion, poising the county to declare the single largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. Maybe the residents of B'ham will learn a lesson from this and elect a competent businessman as mayor next time around, rather than a skeevy race hustler with a checkered past....but I doubt it.