Gambling Corruption Re-trial

February 23, 2012 - 1:21pm

An FBI agent says phone records show some of the defendants in Alabama's gambling corruption trial talked by phone when bribe offers were supposed to be made to a state senator who was helping the FBI investigate vote buying.  Nathan Langham testified Thursday that Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley and state Sen. Harri Anne Smith exchanged three phone calls on February 8, 2010, when Gilley was supposed to meet Sen. Scott Beason about a bribe offer. He said Gilley talked nearly 12 minutes with casino owner Milton McGregor before the two gambling operators met with Beason on February 18, 2010.  McGregor and Smith are among six people on trial in Montgomery. Gilley pleaded guilty and testified that he worked with Smith and McGregor to try to bribe Beason.

Associated Press