So they let my old friend Don Siegelman out last month. But now the Bond Buyer reports (thanks to Mrs. CC for the tip; link only works if you have a subscription, and it’s highly unlikely that you do) that:
The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed securities fraud charges against Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, Alabama bond dealer William Blount, and lobbyist Albert LaPierre in connection with undisclosed payments to Langford linked to Jefferson County, Ala., municipal bond and swap deals.
I don’t think this one’s Karl Rove’s doing, though. And apropos of my earlier post about metro daily papers and the Internet, the Bond Buyer posted the story at 1:58 p.m. As of 2:34 p.m., my beloved former employer The Birmingham News did not yet have the news up on its
Update: 2:51 p.m., and still nothing at The News.
Update: Now I found it! Pulitzer-Prize-winner Brett Blackledge posted the news at 12:24 on the News’ Breaking News blog. But the numbnuts who run the website make no mention of it either on the News’ homepage or on the al.com web page. So the point still stands; it just wasn’t the reporter’s fault.