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Alabama Ex-Commissioner Remains Free on Bond

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair will remain free on bond instead of having to report to federal prison in Jefferson County's sewer bribery case.

McNair oversaw a court-ordered sewer rehabilitation and an expansion project in the county. He was convicted of bribery and conspiracy to solicit bribes in April 2006.

U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. granted a motion on Friday by McNair's attorney, Doug Jones, asking that the 84-year-old former commissioner remain out on bond. Five other men have been ordered to report to prison next week.

Jones argued that NcNair suffers mental and emotional problems connected with a November 2008 stroke and said his client's age and
condition court be considered under new sentencing guidelines expected in November.

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