Alleged Ala. Bingo Bribery Ring Rips Judge's Report

Law360, New York (April 19, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT) -- Defendants accused of buying and selling favorable votes on pro-gambling legislation in Alabama on Monday ripped a magistrate judge's recommendation to deny their bids to dismiss several fraud charges, saying the judge misconstrued the relevant federal laws.

Milton McGregor, owner of the VictoryLand race track in Macon, Ala., said bribing state legislators for votes was not a crime because passing legislation was not a commercial activity as outlined by the federal honest services statute. His co-defendants, including Alabama Sens. Larry Means, Jim Preuitt, Quinton Ross Jr....
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