McClain Seeks New Trial in Corruption Case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A lawyer for former state Sen. E.B
McClain has asked a federal judge to grant his client a new trial
on corruption charges.

McClain, a Democrat from Midfield, and the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue of Birmingham were each convicted on 48 counts of mail fraud, money
laundering, conspiracy and bribery last week.

Attorney John Robbins filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Birmingham saying the government's case was insufficient to sustain the conviction, which ended McClain's 14-year Senate career.

Robbins also said that prosecutors were unfair in the manner they excluded potential jurors and renewed his motion for a judgment of acquittal.

Jurors found McClain schemed to take more than $300,000 of the
$758,000 in state funds he obtained for Pettagrue's community outreach programs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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