Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford Gravely Ill

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Glennon F. Threatt Jr., one of two defense attorneys for the ex-mayor, fears the rant could mean additional time behind bars for Langford.

“I don’t want it to because he is my client. But if I were a federal judge I would not want people out there saying the system is racist and they were treated worse than Hitler,” Threatt said.

Langford, 63, faces what Threatt said is a likely sentence of 12 to 15 years imprisonment after being convicted on 60 felony charges including bribery, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and filing false tax returns. He’s already agreed to forfeit $241,000 because of the conviction.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler has yet to set a sentencing date.

Federal judges have great leeway in imposing sentences, and they can go tougher on criminal defendants who fail to show sorrow for their crimes, said David E. Patton, an assistant professor and director of the criminal defense clinic at the University of Alabama law school.

“Certainly I wouldn’t be surprised if the judge takes into account his post-trial statements and his other statements at sentencing,” Patton said.

(Photo: AP)

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