Langford: 'The Lord has this now'

Larry Langford talks to FOX6 News reporter Ashley Nix after his attorneys rest their case in his federal corruption trial (WBRC video)
Larry Langford talks to FOX6 News reporter Ashley Nix after his attorneys rest their case in his federal corruption trial (WBRC video)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford said Tuesday he felt positive about the progress of his federal corruption trial.

Langford spoke to FOX6 News reporter Ashley Nix Tuesday afternoon after his attorneys rested their defense.

"Do you feel positive?" Nix asked.

"I've felt positive from day one," Langford replied.

"Anything else you wanna say?" Nix asked.

"God got this now...the Lord has this now," Langford said.

Langford is charged with multiple counts of bribery and corruption for county business deals that happened during his tenure as president of the Jefferson County Commission.  Prosecutors say Langford arranged to have county bond deals steer through Montgomery businessman Bill Blount in exchange for cash and gifts, which were disguised as loans through lobbyist Al LaPierre.  Both Blount and LaPierre have plead guilty to charges connected to the case.

Attorneys and prosecutors both finished presenting witnesses Tuesday afternoon.  The judge scheduled closing arguments to begin Wednesday morning.

If convicted, Langford would be immediately removed from office and could face many years in prison.