Mayor Langford is ‘mayor’ no more!

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The mayor of my city, Birmingham, Alabama, was found guilty of 60 federal counts of bribery against him in a Tuscaloosa, Alabama court on today. Many friends are saying that they believe the guilty verdict is due to his race. I have always said that race plays a part in all of politics and in the judicial system.

I do believe that race has played a part in his conviction, but not to the extent that many believe. Much of the evidence that was presented to the jury were bank statements and financial information that could’ve been obtained with as much work as printing off monthly statements from his creditor/bank’s self- serve website.

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(Larry Langford’s Birmingham mayoral campaign slogan.)
There were no schemes of moving money around to multiple international accounts or properties to ultimately cause him to be indicted.

The evidence was plain enough for the jury to see. Once he granted contracts to companies to do business with Jefferson County (Alabama), he received loans and gifts in exchange. Again, the evidence was just too clear and uncloudy. I am a fan of Larry Langford. He is a very progressive politician, but I prayed that it didn’t have to get to this point. I believed that he would get found guilty, now we all must push for a fair sentencing. I wish him, his wife and his family well.

Today was his last day serving as mayor of Birmingham, Council President Carole Smitherman now assumes his position.

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(Cartoon by Birmingham News cartoonist, Scott Stantis)

Langford was convicted on these counts:

Count 1 Bribery Langford received $69,000 in cash from lobbyist Al LaPierre and Bill Blount of Blount Parrish & Co. that went into Langford’s personal bank account.

Count 3 Money laundering Langford paid Likis Audio $12,000 for audio equipment with a check drawn from his personal Compass bank account into which money from a bribe had been deposited.

Count 4 Money laundering Langford paid Shaia’s $12,000 for clothing with a cashier’s check purchased at a Compass Bank using funds paid to him as a bribe.

Count 5 Money laundering Langford deposited $40,589 paid to him as a bribe into his personal account at Compass Bank.

Count 6 Conspiracy Langford, investment banker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre willfully conspired on multiple occasions to defraud Jefferson County of Langford’s honest services when Blount and LaPierre gave Langford money, clothes and jewelry to influence him as a public official.

Count 7 Bribery Langford solicited and received $30,000 from Blount funneled through LaPierre.

Count 9 Money laundering Langford used $29,241 of the $30,000 to pay his personal taxes.

Count 10 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted a $1,110 cashmere cardigan purchased at Turnbull & Asser.

Count 11 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $3,290 in clothes purchased at Ermenegildo Zegna

Count 12 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,133 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 13 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,707.56 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 14 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted a $2,796 in clothes purchased at Salvatore Ferragamo

Count 15 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted a $1,854.96 in clothes purchased at Century 21

Count 16 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $3,450 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 17 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $4,050 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 18 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $4,250 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 19 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $895 in clothes purchased at Salvatore Ferragamo

Count 20 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted a $12,015 watch purchased at Tourneau

Count 21 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,662.60 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 22 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $11,750.40 in jewelry purchased at Bromberg’s

Count 23 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,239.97 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 24 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,800 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 25 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $3,547 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 26 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,000 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 27 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $5,000 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 28 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,500 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 29 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $2,300 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 30 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,800 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 31 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,876 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 32 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,000 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 33 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,047.96 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 34 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,500 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 35 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $1,000 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 36 Bribery Langford corruptly accepted $7,536 in clothes purchased at Remon’s

Count 64 Mail fraud Langford corruptly caused a package from Turnbull & Asser to be shipped to Langford’s County Commission office.

Count 65 Mail fraud Langford corruptly caused a package from Ermengildo Zegna to be shipped to Langford’s County Commission office.

Count 66 Mail fraud Langford corruptly caused a package from Salvatore Ferragamo to be shipped to Langford’s County Commission office.

Count 67 Mail fraud Langford corruptly caused a package from Century 21 to be shipped to Langford’s County Commission office.

Count 68 Mail fraud Langford corruptly caused a package from Tourneau to be shipped to Langford’s County Commission office.

Count 69 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $2,133 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 70 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $4,050 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 71 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $11.750.40 in goods from Bromberg’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 72 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $3,547 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 73 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $2,000 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 74 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $2,500 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 75 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $2,300 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 76 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $1,876 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 77 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $1,000 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 78 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $1,047.96 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 79 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $1,500 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 80 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $7,536 in goods from Remon’s paid for with Blount’s credit card.

Count 81 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $2,707.56 in goods from Remon’s paid for with LaPierre’s credit card.

Count 82 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $4,250 in goods from Remon’s paid for with LaPierre’s credit card.

Count 83 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $1,662.60 in goods from Remon’s paid for with LaPierre’s credit card.

Count 85 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $5,000 in goods from Remon’s paid for with LaPierre’s credit card

Count 86 Wire fraud Langford corruptly accepted $1,000 in goods from Remon’s paid for with LaPierre’s credit card

Count 87 Filing a false tax return Langford failed to report as 2003 income $125, 356.73 he received from Blount and LaPierre.

Count 88 Filing a false tax return Langford failed to report as 2004 income $81,419. 52 he received from Blount and LaPierre.

Count 89 Filing a false tax return Langford filed to report as 2005 income $22,186.97 he received from Blount and LaPierre.

Count 99 Forfeiture Any of the property or proceeds from the crimes and any additional gains made from the proceeds are subject to forfeiture. The amount of the property subject to forfeiture includes, but is not necessarily limited to, $7.6 million and any interest and proceeds agains or earned on that amount.

SOURCE: Birmingham News
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