Ala. Sen. Blocks Damaging Testimony In Gambling Case

Law360, New York (July 25, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT) -- An Alabama state senator accused of taking bribes in connection with pro-gambling legislation succeeded Friday in excluding the potentially damaging trial testimony of former Gov. Bob Riley’s chief of staff.

With the trial in midstream, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson granted Sen. Harri Anne Smith’s motion to exclude the testimony of former Riley chief of staff Joshua Blades that implicated her in a scheme to buy lawmakers’ support for pro-gambling laws in Alabama.

The court backed Smith’s contention that Blades’ testimony was too unreliable and speculative...
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