UPDATE: Kyle at the Birmingham Weekly has more details, including this:
In exchange for LaPierre’s testimony in this case and possibly others, the government agrees to ask for a sentence of 48 months in prison. In addition, LaPierre will pay the government restitution of $371,932, in addition to unpaid taxes.
So it looks like LaPierre will do jail time.
The shit has officially hit the fan.
Lobbyist Al LaPierre today has agreed to plead guilty and testify in the federal criminal case against Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford. In a deal struck this morning, LaPierre will plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy and one count of filing a false tax return, said his lawyer Tommy Spina.
The deal requires LaPierre to testify in the Aug. 31 case against Langford and Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount.
“He felt this was the right thing to do. He know he has to pay a consequence. He accepts that and will hold his head up,” Spina said.
LaPierre has agreed to forfeit $371,932 and pay all taxes due from 2003 to 2006. LaPierre is expected to formally enter the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler.
“He felt this was the right thing to do.” I’ll just bet he did. Looks like he will avoid jail time with this deal.
Mayor Langford had been pushing for a third delay of his trial for mail fraud, bribery, money laundering and conspiracy charges, but Judge Scott Coogler turned him down yesterday. Barring divine intervention, or more legal maneuvering, the trial is on for August 31, six days after the Birmingham City Council election.
Who’da thought Birmingham politics could get more interesting?