published Thursday, August 11th, 2011

No convictions in Alabama gambling trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Jurors have acquitted or failed to reach a verdict on all the charges against the nine defendants in Alabama's gambling trial.

Victoryland casino owner Milton McGregor was found not guilty of one count of bribery and two counts of honest services fraud. The jury failed to reach a verdict on his other charges and a mistrial was declared on them.

The defendants were charged with using millions in campaign contribution and other money to buy and sell votes for pro-gambling legislation. They were charged in a 37-count indictment with most counts listing multiple defendants.

The federal investigation grew out of three Republican legislators telling the FBI that they were offered campaign contributions if they would support legislation designed to keep electronic bingo games operating in Alabama.

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