Defense wants Beshear to testify in person

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Defense lawyers want Gov. Steve Beshear to
testify in person in a high-profile bid-rigging trial scheduled to begin next month.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor had asked that Beshear be
allowed to testify by video in the trial involving former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, road builder Leonard Lawson and Lawson aide Brian Billings.

They're accused of conspiring to steer some $130 million worth of construction contracts to Lawson's companies.

Defense lawyers said if Beshear testifies he should do so in person.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves is expected to consider the issue in a hearing Tuesday in federal court in Covington.

The trial is scheduled for June 23, though the defendants are seeking a postponement.


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