Larry Paul Langford (born March 17, 1948) is the former mayor of the city of Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served on the Jefferson County, Alabama, Commission, including a stint as commission president. He also acted as mayor of Fairfield, Alabama, and served one term on the Birmingham City Council.
Langford is largely responsible and best known for raising money and generating public interest and support for Visionland Theme Park (now known as Alabama Adventure Theme Park), located near Bessemer. The park was built largely by bond issues backed by aconsortium of municipalities in the western part of the county, as well as the city of Birmingham and the county government. The park later declared bankruptcy, and was sold to Southland Entertainment Group for just over $5 million at auction.
In 2007, Langford was investigated by the SEC on corruption charges. In 2008, a lawsuit was filed against him for illegally accepting $156,000 in cash and benefits.
On December 1, 2008, Langford, along with William B. Blount and Al LaPierre, was arrested by the FBI on a 101-count indictment alleging conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns in connection with a long-running bribery scheme. His public corruption trial ended on October 28, 2009 with convictions on 60 counts, and resulted in his automatic removal from office.
"In Alabama, black people will never get a fair trial," Melva Langford said. "There should be a total investigation of the Justice Department."
The jury's verdict was unanimous.