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Judge Eases Restrictions In Ala. Bingo Probe

Montgomery, AL – A federal judge has eased restrictions on the 11 people indicted in Alabama's electronic bingo investigation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry Moorer lifted a requirement Wednesday that had forced the defendants to record their conversations with elected officials and candidates and turn over those recordings weekly to federal agents.

The judge also said the defendants can talk to potential witnesses in the case as long as they do not discuss the indictment. He said the defendants can talk to potential witnesses about the case if their defense attorneys are present and it's part of trial preparations.

Two of the defendants, state Sen. Quinton Ross Jr. of Montgomery and lobbyist Tom Coker, had sought the revisions because they said earlier restrictions prohibited them from doing their jobs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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