Prosecution objects to Langford's request to delay reporting to prison

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The prosecution in the Larry Langford trial has submitted an objection to Langford's request to delay reporting to prison.

Langford has asked for a one week delay for reporting to prison so that he can be in attendance for his father-in-law's surgery on April 2nd.

The prosecution says there is no need for the delay since the surgery takes place three days before Langford is required to report.

Earlier in the week, the judge in the case denied a motion by Langford to stay out of prison while he appealed his conviction.

Langford was convicted last October on 60 felony charges of bribery and conspiracy that took place while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission. Prosecutors said Langford sent more than $7 million in county bond business to Bill Blount's investment banking firm.  Langford, in turn, received $235,000 in cash, jewelry and clothing from Blount via Alabama Democratic lobbyist Al LaPierre. Prosecutors said most of the financial business Langford funneled to Blount involved bond and swap transactions related to Jefferson County's multi-billion dollar sewer debt.

Langford was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

LaPierre and Blount plead guilty last July to charges connected to the bribery scheme with Langford and testified for the prosecution during Langford's trial. Blount was sentenced to four years and four months in prison and LaPierre was sentenced to four years.

To see the prosecution's objection, click here.

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