Former Balch and Bingham attorney sentenced to prison for bribery, conspiracy

Former Balch and Bingham attorney sentenced to prison

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -A former attorney with Balch and Bingham was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday morning and fined $25,000 after being convicted in a conspiracy trial involving former State Representative Oliver Robinson.

David Roberson and Joel Gilbert were convicted of bribery, conspiracy and money laundering for paying Robinson’s foundation 375,000 dollars to oppose the EPA’s efforts to expand a superfund site in north Birmingham.

Prosecutors had recommended 97 months in prison in Gilbert.

The judge also ordered Gilbert to perform 100 hours community service for each of his two years of supervised release.

Robinson was sentenced in September to almost three years in prison.

David Roberson was sentenced to 30 months in federal prisonTuesday afternoon. Roberson maintained his innocence today, telling the court he relied on bad legal advice from Gilbert the former Balch and Bingham attorney.

A dozen witnesses testified on Roberson’s behalf in a packed courtroom asking Judge Abdul Kallon to show leniency.

Kallon, who said he’d received and read 150 letters of support for Roberson called him a good man who’d made a bad mistake and reduced the government’s request for a 78 month sentence to 30 months and one year of supervised release.

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