Defendants rest case in Alabama corruption trial

AP News
Posted: Jul 29, 2011 7:36 PM
Defendants rest case in Alabama corruption trial

The nine defendants in a corruption trial involving Alabama gambling legislation are resting their case after calling just one defense witness.

The defendants include current and former legislators, lobbyists and casino owners. They are accused in a scheme to buy and sell votes on a bill to legalize electronic bingo in Alabama.

Prosecutors based much of their case on wiretaps of telephone conversations. Three legislators who wore wires testified they felt they were being offered money to vote for the bill, but defense attorneys say they did not hear any talk of bribes being offered to legislators.

The judge will hear arguments Monday from defense attorneys who want the charges dismissed. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.