Attorney asks for delay in bid-rigging case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- An attorney is asking for more time to prepare for his client's trial in a federal bid-rigging case in Kentucky.

Larry Mackey, an attorney representing construction contractor Leonard Lawson, said in a motion filed Thursday that the Nov. 12 trial date is too soon.

Lawson, former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, and Lawson aide Brian Russell Billings have entered not guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy, misapplication of property and obstruction of justice.

They were charged earlier this month after a yearlong FBI probe into the awarding of state highway construction contracts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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