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Defense In Gambling Trial Seeks Delay Of Retrial

Montgomery, AL – The judge in Alabama's gambling corruption case is considering requests to delay the retrial or to divide the seven defendants into three groups for retrial.

The gambling corruption trial ended Aug. 11 with 33 undecided charges against seven of the defendants. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has scheduled a retrial Oct. 3. The judge held a conference call with lawyers Thursday. Defense attorney Jim Parkman said his side urged more time. He said they discussed a possible trial date in January, but no decision was made.

Prosecutors want three separate retrials to simplify the case. Casino owner Milton McGregor and former legislative employee Ray Crosby would be first, Sen. Harri Anne Smith second, and then the other four. The judge made no decision.

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

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