LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A defense attorney in a Kentucky
bid-ridding trial played recordings in court that he says show law
enforcement officials tried to trump up charges against his client,
road contractor Leonard Lawson.
The recordings were played Wednesday during cross-examination of
key prosecution witness Jim Rummage, a former Transportation
Cabinet official. Prosecutors say Rummage was the reluctant middle
man between Lawson and former Transportation Secretary Bill
Nighbert, who is accused of supplying Lawson with confidential
internal bid estimates for state projects.
Rummage, an FBI agent, a federal prosecutor and others were
heard on the tapes discussing what the defense argues was a plot to
Rummage has said he recorded multiple conversations at first to
gather evidence to protect himself from criminal charges and later
in cooperation with FBI agents who had begun an investigation.
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