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No one convicted in Ala. gambling trial

Associated Press / August 12, 2011

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Federal prosecutors didn’t get a single conviction in Alabama’s gambling corruption trial yesterday when jurors acquitted or failed to reach a verdict on all the charges against the nine defendants, including Victoryland casino owner Milton McGregor and two sitting state senators.

McGregor was acquitted of one count of bribery and two counts of honest services fraud. The jury failed to reach a verdict on his 14 other charges and US District Judge Myron Thompson declared a mistrial on all the undecided charges.

“It’s a great day. We walk out of the courtroom and go home,’’ McGregor attorney Joe Espy said.

The Justice Department, which spent more than a year investigating State House corruption, issued a brief comment that did not indicate whether it would continue to prosecute all unresolved charges against the seven remaining defendants.

“We appreciate the jury’s service in this important public corruption trial. Our prosecutors will discuss next steps as we move forward in this matter,’’ spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said.

While there was no conviction yesterday, prosecutors earlier secured three guilty pleas.

The federal inquiry grew out of three GOP 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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