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Former City Councilman Sentenced

April 28, 2000

DALLAS (AP) _ A former city councilman convicted of bribery and conspiracy was sentenced Thursday to more than three years of home confinement.

Al Lipscomb was convicted in January of 65 counts of conspiracy and bribery. He faced up to 645 years in prison and a $16.25 million fine for accepting monthly cash payments from Floyd Richards, a taxicab company owner, in exchange for voting in the company’s favor on cab issues.

Besides a 41-month sentence of house confinement, U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall ordered Lipscomb to pay $14,000 in fines. The 74-year-old may leave his house only to receive medical care.

``It’s a victory for the facts and the law,″ said his lawyer, Tom Melsheimer. ``I can assure you (Lipscomb and his family) are quite relieved with the results.″

Earlier this month, Lipscomb missed two sentencing hearings because he suffered from pneumonia and congestive heart failure and was too ill to appear, his lawyers told Kendall.

Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, a longtime Lipscomb supporter who testified on his behalf, said Kendall’s sentence shows that ``mercy is bountiful.″

``He made a point that this type of behavior isn’t going to be tolerated, but I think he exercised good judgment in confining Mr. Lipscomb to house arrest given his physical and medical condition,″ he said.

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