According to IRS auditor Joe Elliot, Langford had about $226,000 in unreported taxable income from 2003 until 2005. That income included cash, as well as gifts of clothes and jewelry.
Langford faces a charge of making false filings with the IRS. The tax charge has a much lower burden of proof than some of the corruption charges Langford faces in the case.
Jurors also heard more testimony about some of the elaborate purchases Langford made at a Birmingham jeweler, Bromberg's.
According to sales associates and store owner Ricky Bromberg, Langford tried to purchase a watch and other jewelry at the store, but he was turned down because he had an outstanding balance of more than $13,000 on his store account. Later, Langford returned to the store with Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount, who paid for his purchases.
Prosecutors have accused Langford of taking bribes of cash, clothes and jewelry in exchange for directing more than $7 million of bond business to Blount's firm, Blount-Parrish & Co.
After that testimony, prosecutors rested their case and defense lawyers made what's called a Rule 29 motion, asking U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler to throw out charges against Langford.
Defense lawyer Mike Rasmussen argued that Langford and Blount's use of UPS did not qualify for mail fraud counts. Rasmussen argued that the act of shipping occurred as an after effect of their actions and not as part of a crime. He also disputed the prosecution's claims of "honest services" fraud. The issue of what constitutes honest services fraud is under review by the United State Supreme Court.
Judge Coogler denied the defense's motions.
For its first witness, the defense called Ocie Oden, Pastor at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Fairfield. Oden testified that Langford had given him a suit from Oxxford, one of the men's clothing stores where Blount bought Langford clothes.
Outside the presence of the jury, lawyers wrestled over whether Oden could tell the jury that he had received as many as 60 suits from Langford through the years. Judge Coogler ruled that Oden could testify only to suits that came with store tags or had store labels.
Oden also said that he understood Langford to be a law-abiding citizen.
Another defense witness, Fred Simpler, told jurors he helped draft the promissory notes used to show Blount's payments to LaPierre were used as loans and not bribes.
Simpler is a lawyer from Montgomery who did legal work for Blount.
Under cross examination, Simpler said that Blount had asked him in 2008 to print copies of those drafts for him because the SEC wanted to see them. Simpler also testified that the notes had been altered to erase the portion where a notary public would notarize them.
The defense's third witness, Rick Fitzgerald worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs when that bank did business with Jefferson County. On the stand, Fitzgerald said that Goldman Sachs hired Blount because he had connections in Jefferson County.
Fitzgerald said that Jefferson County bond lawyer Bill Slaughter had spoken to him about disclosing Blount's role in the bond deal. The investment bank wanted full disclosure of all parties. Eventually the bank used a so-called "side letter" to disclose Blount's role in the bond deal.
During his testimony, Blount said that the county used side letters for disclosure to conceal his involvement from other county commissioners, particularly Commissioner Bettye Fine Collins. Blount said that they feared Collins would leak the letter showing his involvement to the media.
Testimony resumes after lunch.