Prosecutors warned over wiretap withholding

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Federal prosecutors in the "bribes for bingo" investigation got a warning from the judge on Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Wallace Capel said he has had it with prosecutors not turning over documents on wiretaps. He gave them until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday evening to turn over those documents to defense attorneys.

Defense attorneys say withholding the documents was no accident.
 "Every Alabamian and every American is entitled to a fair trial," said Joe Espy, attorney for casino owner Milton McGregor. "Both sides play by the rules, comply with the law. The government has not played by the rules."

Prosecutors did meet the deadline and turned over all wiretap documents to defense attorneys.
     
10 people, including casino owners Milton McGregor and Ronnie Gilley, are scheduled to go on trial in June.

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