Monday, August 1, 2005
A press release here of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama announces that two individuals "plead guilty . . . to the charge of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with their role in the Jefferson County" Alabama sewer project. Both defendants agreed to cooperate with the government in an ongoing investigation as part of their plea agreements. The press release states:
"'Corruption can be contagious and was in the case of the Jefferson County sewer project' said U. S. Attorney Alice H. Martin. 'To individuals and businesses that argue this is just part of '"doing business"', we respond that bribery is illegal business and will be met with prosecution.'"