Prosecutor Wants Fish Evidence In Bid Rig Trial

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal prosecutor has asked a judge's
permission to use fish as evidence in the highway bid-tampering case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Taylor filed a response Thursday saying the use of frozen fish fillets will lend credibility to the story of the key government witness.

Contractor Leonard Lawson, former state Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Lawson aide Brian Russell Billings were indicted Sept. 3 on charges of conspiracy, misapplication of property and obstruction of justice after a yearlong FBI probe into the awarding of $130 million in state highway construction contracts during Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration. They entered not guilty pleas.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Taylor says that when former state highway engineer Jim Rummage first agreed to help prosecutors, he told them Lawson gave Rummage the fish fillets during a visit to Lawson's home.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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