Monday, January 11, 2010


Bid-Rigging Trial Underway

The long awaited high-profile trial for road contractor Leonard Lawson and former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert is finally underway. Jury selection was completed Monday (today) in U.S. District Court in Lexington. Prosecutors and defense lawyers announced the witnesses expected to testify, including Governor Steve Beshear, former Governor Ernie Fletcher, state Senate President David Williams, former Kentucky League of Cities President Sylvia Lovely, current and former Transportation Cabinet officials and several road contractors. The prosecution's chief witness is Jim Rummage, Nighbert's former deputy state highway engineer. Lawson and Nighbert have pleaded not guilty. Trial is scheduled to last at least three weeks.

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