With the decision of the jury looming in the Larry Langford federal corruption trial, many want to know what would happen in the city of Birmingham if the Mayor is convicted.
If Langford is convicted, Council President Carole Smitherman would assume the duties the same day as the conviction.
The Council President Pro Tem then would take over as Council President.
The Mayor Council Act requires the Council to call a special election within five days of Langford's vacancy from the office. The election must be held within 90 days of that period.
It is possible that a legal question may arise over who will be interim mayor after Smitherman initially takes it. The law states: "While the president of the council is serving as acting mayor, he shall not sit with the council or vote on any matters before the council."
With a new council taking office during this time period, it is not clear what would happen in the Council President election. Some believe Smitherman would not be eligible because she would be interim mayor. Some say the new Council President would then replace Smitherman as Interim Mayor.
This is expected to be a legal issue if the mayor does get a guilty verdict from the jury.
Here is what the law states: