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Judge Says Ex-Casino Lobbyist Can Be Freed From Jail

Montgomery, AL – A federal judge says former casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey can be released from jail pending his sentencing for offering bribes to legislators to approve pro-gambling legislation.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said Wednesday that Massey meets the qualifications for release. Prosecutor Justin Shur agreed but said the government opposes letting an admitted felon treat the jails like a revolving door.

Massey pleaded guilty in December. He volunteered to go to jail in January even though he hasn't been sentenced yet. He wants out of jail until his sentencing because he says he has personal issues that need addressing.

Massey's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15 but will be pushed back until after a retrial of several defendants in the case. That retrial is supposed to begin Jan. 9.

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

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