Jury selection begins in Alabama bingo corruption trial - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jury selection begins in Alabama bingo corruption trial

Sketches from the jury selection part of the trial Sketches from the jury selection part of the trial
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) -

Jury selection begins today in the federal corruption trial of nine people from Alabama, including state senators and casino owners, accused of bribery and conspiracy in connection with electronic bingo legislation.

FOX6 News reporters Alan Collins and Mike Dubberly are in Montgomery for the trial. Collins, during live reports Monday morning from outside the courthouse in Montgomery, said the defendants are looking forward to getting the trial started.

"I'm looking forward to clearing my name," former state senator Larry Means told Collins.

Jim Parkman, attorney for State Senator Harri Ann Smith of Slocumb, told Collins he is looking forward to getting a fair jury for his client.

Among the nine defendants are four present and former legislators, two influential lobbyists, and the owner of what used to be Alabama's largest electronic bingo casino, VictoryLand's Milton McGregor.

The jury will get to hear many hours of wiretaps and secret recordings.  The trial is expected to last most of the summer.

For continuing coverage on the trial, including live Twitter updates from Collins and Dubberly, visit MyFoxAL.com and watch FOX6 News.

http://www.myfoxal.com/category/212651/alabama-bingo-trial

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