Langford Rejected Plea Deal, Attorney Says

This isn’t exactly shocking news.

Larry Langford rejected a plea deal with federal prosecutors that would have given him just a few years in prison, defense attorney Glennon Threatt said this morning.

Threatt, appearing on WJLD radio’s Morning Talk this morning, told radio host Gary Richardson that rumors of a plea offer were true.

Threatt said Langford likely would have received a sentence of less than five years if he’d taken the deal.  He now faces a maximum of 800+, and his rant on the courthouse steps following the guilty verdict will not dispose the judge toward leniency.

Larry Langford blamed everyone but himself when he stood outside the courthouse moments after he was convicted on federal corruption charges and ousted as Birmingham’s mayor. He said he’d been treated worse than Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous mass murderer and cannibal.

That remarkable exercise in free speech could cost Langford additional time in prison at his sentencing, one of Langford’s lawyers [Threatt] and a legal expert said Monday.

I’d like to know when the deal was offered.  Was it before or after Blount and LaPierre rolled?  Perhaps he really believes he’s innocent.  Or he really believed his pals would keep their mouths shut.  Their testimony was essential to the prosecution’s case.  He may very well have walked without it.  Too bad for him they weren’t willing to risk long sentences to keep him out of prison.

The big question: were the Feds after an even bigger fish — say, possibly, Milton McGregor?  We may never know, unless Larry writes a tell-all at some point.

3 Responses to “Langford Rejected Plea Deal, Attorney Says”

  1. Milton McGregor is hardly a big fish. I’d say we’re looking along the lines of a buildup toward Lehman Bros, Goldman Sachs, and/or JP Morgan.

    If Larry was indeed offered that good a plea deal, they are DEFINITELY out for something bigger.

  2. Kathy says:

    McGregor is a big fish in Alabama. When I asked the OTM Dems media panel if there was a bigger target out there that Larry could have used as leverage, every one of them responded “McGregor”. Charles Dean of the Birmingham News opined that Larry wouldn’t say a word about him if he wanted safety for himself and his family while he serves his prison term.

    Lehman is no more, and Goldman Sachs is getting hammered on all sides. I wouldn’t be surprised if the investment bankers were the ultimate target, but I’m not sure Larry would be the direct line to them. Seems like Blount would be a better and more knowledgeable witness. There’s so much under the surface here. Maybe we’ll find out, maybe we won’t. I hope we do.

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