BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford
could face a tougher sentence because of statements he made after
his federal bribery conviction and removal from office last week.
Standing outside the courthouse after the guilty verdicts,
Langford blamed his conviction on racism and the media. He accused
jurors of sleeping during the trial and failing to look at the
evidence, and he criticized two main government witnesses.
Langford attorney Glennon Threatt and a law professor both say
Langford's words could come back to haunt him. They say judges can
impose tougher penalties on people who fail to show remorse or who
show a lack of respect for the law.
A judge has yet to set a sentencing date for the 63-year-old
Langford, who faces years in prison.
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