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Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks: Simon Speights


In August, we’re celebrating Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks, whether they be liars, thieves, extortionists, swindlers or thugs. Running daily until Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s Aug. 31 federal trial. Thanks to Bhamwiki for helping with this project.

Simon Speights

Positions held: Lipscomb mayor and city council president

Wanted for: burglary

Date of conviction: Feb. 3, 1994

Sentence: 3-year suspended sentence, unsupervised probation, $1,000 fine plus restitution and court costs

Criminally fun fact: Speights was Lipscomb council president when he was appointed as mayor after Jimmie Johnson resigned in 2005 for the “safety for me and my family.” Speights was driving a stolen car and collecting more than the authorized salary for his office. He resigned in July 2007 after his burglary conviction came to light; his conviction prevents him from holding office.

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