E-bingo defendants to ask for trial delay on Monday

By Alan Collins

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) – The eleven defendants accused of working in a conspiracy to bribe lawmakers to support electronic bingo will be in federal court Monday.

Attorneys for Victoryland owner Milton McGregor, Gadsden Senator Larry Means, Slocomb Senator Hari Anne Smith, Talladega Senator Jim Preuitt  and lobbyists Tom Coker and Robert Gettie say they need more time to prepare for the case. They say there are thousands of documents, 2700 phone calls and more than 50 hours of records of conversations.

The attorneys say it would be unfair to go to trial in April without fully examining the evidence from the federal government. Attorneys are asking for a Sept. 9th 2011 court date.

Lawyers will present oral arguments for the delay Monday before U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.   

Federal prosecutors are supposed to file briefs by Thursday, December 9th, if they oppose the delay.

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