McGregor's attorneys insist on proving innocence in corruption case

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Eleven people indicted after a state house corruption investigation will be back in federal court for an arraignment hearing.

"They're nothing but accusations," says Milton McGregor's lead attorney, Joe Espy.

Espy says he assembled the best legal team in the nation to prove McGregor didn't break the law.

"Mr. McGregor says he is innocent. He says he's ready to go forward and prove it," adds Espy.

Agents arrested McGregor, along with 10 others on charges of conspiracy, federal program bribery, and mail fraud.

Some also face money laundering, and extortion counts all in connection with bingo legislation.

WSFA 12 News spoke with the four state senators who were arrested and Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley.

Gilley, Senator Harri Anne Smith, and Senator Larry Means each say they'll plead not guilty at the arraignment hearing.

Senator Quinton Ross, Jr. and Senator Jim Preuitt declined to comment.

"The charges that were brought against Mr. McGregor and the others are not fact. They're not proof. Mr. McGregor and each of the other are presumed under our law innocent," adds Espy.

Espy says his team is ready to move forward and knows a 'not guilty' plea means a trial will follow.

"We are ready to expedite the process. We will not ask for a delay. We have a right to a speedy trial and we will not waive that right."

The preliminary arraignment hearing begins at 10:30am, October 15th in Judge Myron Thompson's courtroom.

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