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Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford Convicted In Bribery Scheme

Tuscaloosa, AL – A jury has convicted Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford on federal charges of accepting bribes, automatically removing him from office.

He was convicted Wednesday of all the counts he faced for accepting cash and luxury items worth about $236,000 while serving as president of the Jefferson County Commission. In exchange, he funneled $7.1 million in bond business to a prominent investment banker.

Langford showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

With the felony conviction, he was automatically removed from the office that he won in a landslide in 2007.

Some of the bond deals made during Langford's term went sour in the credit crunch last year, and Jefferson County is now trying to avoid filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history over $3.9 billion in sewer bond debt.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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