Judge: Wiretaps in Ala. gambling corruption case will stay

District Judge Myron Thompson has declined a request by the defense to throw out wiretap evidence in the federal corruption case against Milton McGregor and others.

"The government has met the requirements for admissibility of the wiretaps at issue..." Thompson wrote in his 4 page decision.

The motion leaves an opening to reconsideration for McGregor and other defendants Thomas E. Coker, Robert B. Geddie, Jr., Larry P. Means, James E. Preuitt, Quinton T. Ross, Jr., Jarrell W. Walker, Jr., and Joseph R. Crosby. The motion can be renewed up to 7 days after a jury returns a verdict.

Harri Anne Smith, though one of the nine defendants, is not included in this particular set of wiretap documents.

The defendants are sheduled for trial on June 6th in Montgomery.

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