FRANKFORT — Three defendants in a Kentucky case alleging bid-rigging claim a "vindictive prosecution" and have asked a federal judge to dismiss a recent superseding indictment against them.
Attorneys for former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, road contractor Leonard Lawson and Lawson aide Brian Billings filed paperwork with the court late Monday.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, and the three men were scheduled for an arraignment.
A superseding indictment in the case was issued on Friday that combines two conspiracy counts into one.
The three men are accused of conspiring to steer $130 million worth of construction contracts to Lawson's companies.
All three have pleaded not guilty to their original charges.