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Defense Says No Tape Of Ala. Lobbyist Offering Bribe

Montgomery, AL – A defense attorney for VictoryLand casino lobbyist Tom Coker has told jurors that there are no FBI tape recordings of Coker offering bribes to anyone.

Defense attorney Bill Baxley said, ``Thank God for the tapes.''

Baxley appeared before the jury Wednesday after prosecutors portrayed Coker as a key figure in helping his boss, VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor, swap campaign contributions for legislators' votes on pro-gambling legislation.

The jury in Alabama's gambling corruption trial is going through the first of two days of closing arguments in a trial that started nearly two months ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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