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Former state lawmaker testifies he was paid to oppose EPA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Former state Rep. Oliver Robinson testified in federal court that he was paid by business interests to oppose federal environmental cleanup efforts in north Birmingham

News outlets report that Robinson took the witness stand Tuesday in the bribery trial.

Lawyers Joel Gilbert and Steven McKinney and Drummond Co. vice president David Robertson are accused of bribing Robinson. The three have maintained their innocence.

Robinson testified that they wanted him to use his influence as a legislator to oppose expansion of a federal Superfund site in Birmingham.

Robinson pleaded guilty to bribery last year. The former basketball star said he felt like he sold out the voters who elected him.

Defense attorney Jack Sharman, in questioning Robinson, noted that Robinson hopes to get a reduced sentence by cooperating with prosecutors.

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