Ala. Lawmakers, Others Can't Duck Gambling Vote Case

Law360, New York (January 3, 2012, 10:05 PM EST) -- An Alabama federal judge on Tuesday refused to acquit seven individuals, including state senators, lobbyists and a casino owner, accused of buying and selling votes in order to pass pro-gambling legislation.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson turned down the motions for judgment of acquittal, in which casino owner Milton McGregor; state Sens. Larry Means, D-Attalla, James E. Preuitt, R-Talladega, and Harri Anne Smith, I-Slocomb; lobbyist Thomas E. Coker; and others argued that there was not sufficient evidence to sustain a conviction.

Preuitt, a five-term state senator...
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