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Jury selection underway in bid rigging case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A high-profile bid-rigging case scheduled
for trial this week has proven to be a complicated, legal minefield
that has led to months of legal wrangling.

But it essentially revolves around one question: Did a private
businessman get insider information by paying off a government
official to ensure he got lucrative state contracts? Defense
lawyers and prosecutors disagree on the answer.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in
Lexington for the trial of former Transportation Secretary Bill
Nighbert and Kentucky highway contractor Leonard Lawson.
Prosecutors allege the two conspired to steer some $130 million in
road construction projects to Lawson's companies. Both have entered
not guilty pleas.

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