BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The mayor of Alabama's largest city is facing a federal bribery trial that could drive him from office and send him to prison if he's convicted.
Prosecutors say Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford took clothing, a Rolex watch and other bribes totaling some $235,000 while serving on the Jefferson County Commission. In exchange, they say Langford steered $7.1 million in county bond business to a political crony's investment firm.
Langford's trial begins Monday in Tuscaloosa.
Langford says everything that changed hands were gifts between friends. He also claims his prosecution is part of a Republican scheme to target Democrats in Alabama.
Two co-defendants who pleaded guilty are expected to testify against Langford.