BIRMINGHAM, AL - (WBRC) - Day two of Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford's federal corruption trial wrapped up Tuesday after dramatic opening statements and the inclusion of two famous figures in Alabama politics - Milton McGregor and Bobby Lowder.
The day in court began with opening statements that were a big contrast. Prosecutors laid out the outline of their theory that Langford took bribes in exchange for giving Bill Blount county bond business.
Langford's attorney Mike Rasmussen introduced his client saying, "this is Larry Langford and he's innocent. He has two main faults, he trusts people too much, and he spends more than he has."
Rasmussen used props in his opening statement even stacking up boxes in front of the jury to represent the $7 million dollars Blount made from the deals, and contrasting it with one small box representing the $236,000 in gifts or loans Langford received. "Some conspiracy," he said.
Langford's attorneys told jurors Blount was the mastermind of a scheme Langford knew nothing about saying he manipulated Langford and that this whole scheme was "a stab in the back and a deal with the devil."
Blount's former girlfriend who worked at Colonial Bank in Montgomery testified about arranging a loan for Langford at Blount's request, and showed an email with Blount where Blount said Victoryland owner Milton McGregor would call Colonial CEO Bobby Lowder to try and help arrange a new loan that Lowder never approved.
Much of the afternoon was spent detailing Langford's clothing purchases paid for by Blount and lobbyist Al Lapierre, and the day ended with former county Finance Director Steve Saylor on the stand to explain how county finances work. At one point, two jurors nodded off during part of that testimony.