Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Bid-Rigging Trial Continues

As the bid-rigging trial for Leonard Lawson and Bill Nighbert continued Tuesday, in his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor alleged Nighbert delivered to Lawson insider information unavailable to competing bidders in exchange for kickbacks, including money for a car and a "fake" consulting job. Taylor says the "cozy" business relationship between Lawson and Nighbert broke the law. However, the defense claimed the two men are victims of overreaching investigators. Lawson's attorney, Guthrie True, questioned the credibility of key prosecution witness Jim Rummage. But, Taylor says Rummage reluctantly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes before turning in his former colleagues. True argued that, if there was any criminal activity in the case, it was from Rummage.

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