Casino lobbyist's attorneys fault Ala. bingo probe

Attorneys representing a Country Crossing casino lobbyist say they're concerned that an
investigation of a bingo bill in the legislature is politically motivated.

The attorneys for Jarrod Massey, at a news conference Friday in Montgomery, said federal and state investigators tried to interview him hours after the Alabama Senate approved a bill to tax and
regulate electronic bingo.

State and federal authorities told key legislators Thursday a public corruption probe was underway concerning the bingo bill.

The attorneys for Massey said they are concerned that the husband of the U.S. attorney in Montgomery has close political ties to Gov. Bob Riley, who has waged a high-profile campaign against the casinos and the bill. A Riley aide said the governor had nothing to do with the investigation.

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