Wiretaps Allowed In Alabama Vote-Selling Case

Law360, New York (May 19, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT) -- An Alabama federal judge decided Wednesday to allow prosecutors to introduce wiretap evidence at the upcoming trial of defendants accused of buying and selling favorable votes on pro-gambling legislation.

The defendants had argued that the evidence should be tossed because the FBI improperly listened to phone calls between attorneys and casino operators Milton McGregor and Ronald E. Gilley.

But U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson rejected their arguments, saying "the government has met the requirements for admissibility of the wiretaps at issue, including showing reasonable compliance...
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