Robinson's Bribers Sentenced to Prison

Two men convicted of bribing a lawmaker Tuesday were sentenced in Birmingham federal court.   Joel Gilbert was a Balch and Bingham attorney, and David Roberson a vice president at Drummond coal, when prosecutors say they bribed then-state Rep. Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) to oppose an EPA clean up in north Birmingham.   The U.S. Attorney's office said the clean up could have cost Drummond millions.   U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced Gilbert to five years in prison.   Gilbert apologized to the residents of north Birmingham, but insisted he did not put their health at risk.  Roberson received a sentence of  two and a half years.   Both men were fined $25,000.    Robinson -- who pleaded guilty -- last month was sentenced to nearly three years in prison.


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