Prosecution rests in Larry Langford trial

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - On day 7 of the federal bribery trial of Larry Langford, the prosecution continued to call witnesses to attempt to prove Langford's money troubles before resting their case.

The first witness to take the stand on Tuesday was IRS Agent Joe Elliot. Elliot says he has reviewed Larry Langford's financial information for the trial. The IRS claims that Langford did not report $241,843. Langford's attorney, Mike Rasmussen, then pointed out that legitimate loans and gifts are not taxable. Elliot quickly replied that illegal gains are not tax exempt. This led to harsh questioning by Rasmussen that ended with the attorney questioning Elliot's estimate of Langford's alleged ill-gotten gains.

The final witnesses to take the stand for the prosecution all were employees of Bromberg's Jewelry. These employees testified that in 2004, Langford had wanted to buy jewelry on credit, but was not allowed due to a large outstanding balance on his account. According to the store clerks, Bill Blount picked up the charges for Langford on several thousand dollars worth of jewelry. After this testimony, the prosecution rested.

The defense has asked for summary judgment acquittal and for the wire fraud charge to be thrown out. The judge denied all motion before calling for a break.

On Monday, jurors heard testimony about Langford's financial problems as prosecutors detailed the money trail between him and co-defendants Bill Blount and Al LaPierre.

It was revealed Monday that the mayor, at one time, had a credit card debt of about $240,000. Langford's attorney, Glennon Threatt, says credit should have nothing to do with the trial. "There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not you get credit. But the mayor is not accused of having a bad credit score. The mayor is accused of the crimes included in the indictment. What I'm trying to do as his lawyer is defend him against the charges, not explain to you or anyone else why some credit agency gave him the score that they gave him," quipped Threatt.

Threatt has not indicated whether or not Langford will take the stand in his own defense.