In his first public comments since an arrest on federal corruption charges, state Rep. Jack Williams (R-Vestavia Hills) Tuesday denied any wrongdoing, and predicted he will be vindicated. Williams says he "has served honorably in the legislature for over a decade and will continue to do so until my term expires." Williams also says he will push ahead with his campaign for the Jefferson County Commission. Williams faces former Vestavia councilman Steve Ammons in the Republican primary. Williams, former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors, and Trina Health CEO Ford Gilbert are charged with conspiring to bribe then-House Majority Leader Micky Hammon (R-Decatur) to pass a bill benefiting the company in 2016. Hammon has since pleaded guilty to mail fraud, and is serving three months in prison. U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin said some evidence leading to Williams, Connors, and Gilbert came from Hammon.
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