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Attorney move to suppress bid-rigging tapes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A transcript from a closed hearing shows
that attorneys for road contractor Leonard Lawson argued to exclude
- or at least limit - secretly recorded statements at his upcoming
trial.

Lawson and former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert are
charged with bribery and conspiracy in an indictment alleging that
confidential cost estimates of road projects were leaked to Lawson.

Lawson and Nighbert have pleaded not guilty.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville obtained a copy of the
transcript from the closed hearing last month.

If Lawson's statements are played for a jury, his lawyers asked
that some be deleted in which he says he has been investigated "a
million times" and made a mistake when accepting immunity from
prosecution in 1980.

Attorneys for Lawson and Nighbert declined to comment on the
tapes, as did Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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