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Key witness won’t face contempt of court count


A federal judge has ruled that a star witness in a highprofile bid-rigging case won’t be held in contempt of court.

The case involves former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and highway contractor Leonard Lawson, who are accused of conspiring to steer $130 million in highway construction projects to Lawson’s companies.

Defense lawywers had argued that former state highway engineer Jim Rummage lied when he testified at a hearing that he had disclosed all audio recordings he had made in relation to the case. Those recordings will be key evidence in a trial set to begin on Jan. 11.

U.S. District Judge Karl Forester concluded Tuesday that sanctions against Rummage were unnecessary. Forester said he is satisfied the issue was the result of a misunderstanding.

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