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Alabama Gambling Corruption Trial Nearing An End

The Alabama gambling corruption case that has now spanned several years could be coming to an end in the coming weeks. Prosecutors indicated on Friday that they will likely rest their case after the final FBI agent finishes testifying. That will likely occur either later today or on Monday. The prosecution has taken a different approach to the second trial of VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor. In the first attempt at a conviction, the prosecution paraded dozens of witnesses on to the witness stand. That trial ended in a mistrial, and the new trial has seen the prosecution scale back their witness list. Analysts believe it is an attempt to make the case cut and dry for the jury.

The first case ended in a mistrial after the jury was deadlocked and could not come up with a verdict. The prosecution decided on a retrial, with McGregor maintaining his innocence throughout. Fellow gaming hall owner Ronnie Gilley is the lead witness in the case against McGregor. Gilley has already pleaded guilty to charges of bribery relating to the case.

Last year, Gilley, McGregor, and over a dozen others were indicted on charges of bribery relating to a scheme to pay Senators for positive votes on a gambling bill. The bill passed the Senate, but was soon defeated handily in the House. Then-Governor Robert Riley almost immediately cried foul over the bill, and the indictments soon followed.

The case has received national attention, and the defense in the current case have pointed to Gilley as the mastermind behind the scheme, not McGregor. The defense has yet to put McGregor on the stand, and is not expected to do so in the case. Instead. defense lawyers have attacked the credibility of many of the witnesses that have taken the stand for the prosecution, with their main target being Gilley.

During the trial, explosive tape recordings have been heard of lawmakers using racial slurs, and one lobbyists being asked by Gilley to show her breasts to senators to sway the vote in the gambling bill's favor. The jury could begin deliberating next week, and a verdict would not be far behind, ending one of the most controversial trials the state has seen in decades.

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