Defense set to present case in Langford trial

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Defense lawyers say they haven't decided whether Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford will take the stand in his federal bribery trial in Tuscaloosa.

A judge says the final prosecution witnesses will testify Tuesday morning, clearing the way for Langford's attorneys to begin presenting their case.

But a member of the defense team, Glennon Threatt, says it's yet to be decided whether Langford will testify in his own behalf. Langford is charged with 60 counts of bribery, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

He will be removed from office automatically if convicted of even one felony.

The defense doesn't deny that Langford accepted items from a Montgomery investment banker, but it says the mayor did not consider anything to be a bribe.

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