Lawyers ready for appeal of former Birmingham mayor's conviction

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Attorneys for former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford say they are ready to face a federal appeals court next week.

Langford's appeal of his conviction on bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges will go before the 11th Circuit in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Langford's attorney, Mike Rasmussen, says he is focusing his case on 3 key arguments. First, that the trial should have been moved out of this area because of pretrial publicity. It was moved from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa.
Second, Rasmussen says there is no evidence that any of the things Langford mailed were part of a wire fraud.

Third, Rasmussen says Judge Scott Coogler admitted some evidence he should not have, like how much money Langford won by gambling at casinos.
The appeal will be heard next Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

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