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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011, Posted On: 8/18/2011

U.S. Justice Dept. To Retry Seven Alabama Bingo Defendants

Marcus Webb
electronic bingo, bingo machine, Alabama bingo market, VictoryLand, Milton McGregor, 2010 bribery scheme to legalize electronic bingo, video poker

MONTGOMERY, AL -- VictoryLand owner-operator Milton McGregor and six co-defendants will be heading back to court on Oct. 3 for opening maneuvers in retrials on charges that they participated in a 2010 bribery scheme to legalize electronic bingo in the state.

The new court date was set by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson just four days after a jury voted "not guilty" on some charges and deadlocked on most others in the original case, which had nine defendants. | SEE STORY

One juror who sat through the original three-month trial this summer told local papers that after listening to prosecution witnesses and secret tape recordings of the defendants, "I couldn't believe that's all they had."

The juror said most of the jury felt prosecution witnesses were not credible because of obvious self-interest or political bias. The tape-recorded conversations of defendants were too ambiguous to meet the burden of proof, she said.

Prosecutors said they want seek to try defendants separately this time. The original case was a group trial for the nine including several sitting or former state senators.

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