LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An attorney began his defense of former
Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert by claiming a key
prosecution witness "lied from the witness stand" in the federal
corruption trial of Nighbert and prominent road contractor Leonard
Nighbert's lawyer, Kent Wicker, gave his opening statement
Tuesday afternoon after the prosecution rested its case. He took
aim at Jim Rummage, who testified last week that Nighbert ordered
him to deliver confidential project estimates to Lawson to help
inform his highway bids.
Also Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Karl Forester dismissed one of
the bribery counts against Lawson and Nighbert due to a lack of
evidence. They still face charges of conspiracy, obstruction of
justice and additional bribery allegations.
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