State senator convicted on corruption charges

Senator McClain
Senator McClain

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal court jury has convicted state Sen. E.B. McClain and a Jefferson County minister on all charges in a corruption trial in Birmingham.

Jurors got the case Wednesday morning after receiving final instructions from a federal judge.

They reached a guilty verdict on all 48 counts late Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue accepted about $760,000 in state grant money obtained by McClain to run a nonprofit foundation and then gave the six-term Birmingham Democrat more than $300,000 in kickbacks.

The men were charged with multiple counts of bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and mail fraud.

Attorneys for Pettagrue and McClain said the grants and payments were proper.

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