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State Rep. Rogers released from jail

Rogers was indicted in September by a federal grand jury on a charge of bribery in a kickback scheme.

State Rep. John Rogers on the floor of the Alabama House.

State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, is a free man again today after spending the last week in the Cullman County jail for allegedly FaceTiming a witness in his federal bribery case.

Rogers’ release comes with new restrictions on his bond from U.S. Magistrate Judge Staci Cornelius: he cannot speak to alleged co-conspirator Varrie Johnson Kindall and he can only discuss the case with his attorney.

Rogers was indicted in September by a federal grand jury on a charge of bribery after he allegedly offered money to George Stewart, founder of the American Gospel Quarter Convention, to lie to the FBI about a kickback scheme involving the Jefferson County Community Service Fund.

Rogers allegedly FaceTimed Stewart twice after being indicted on the charge, although Rogers and his counsel have said the calls were unintentional.

The kickback scheme has already led to a guilty plea from former State Rep. Fred Plump, D-Fairfield, who resigned after just one year in office as a condition of his plea agreement

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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