BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal court jury in Birmingham has convicted state Sen. E.B. McClain and Jefferson County minister Samuel Pettagrue on all charges in a corruption case.
The jury returned the guilty verdict on all 48 counts late this
McClain is a six-term legislator, but he will forfeit his office because of the conviction. The governor will have to schedule a special election to fill it.
Prosecutors said Pettagrue accepted nearly $760,000 in state grant money obtained by McClain to run a nonprofit foundation and then gave McClain more than $300,000 in kickbacks.
McClain said after the verdict that all of his dealings with the minister were above board.
U.S. Attorney Alice Martin says the conviction sends a message that politicians can't get away with putting public money in their pockets.
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