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Attorneys in gambling corruption trial argue whether former governor should have to testify

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

During a rare Saturday afternoon court hearing at the Federal courthouse in downtown Montgomery, Milton McGregor's attorneys said he wants three people to testify in the gambling corruption trial which involves 9 defendants including lawmakers.

Those potential witnesses are former Governor Bob Riley, the former director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel Chris Murphy and that department's attorney Michael Robinson.

Espy says Murphy took 4 helicopter trips to Mobile during the gambling investigation and met with the FBI. Espy believes that is relevant to the case.

Mr. Riley's attorney disagrees saying this 'does not meet the high standards of relevancy.'

"Governor Riley can't be the only person to testify and Governor Riley didn't cause the Obama Justice Department to initiate this investigation," said Riley's attorney Matt Lembke.

"I think this is a valid question to ask. The FBI said it wasn't responsible for the raids so why was Chris Murphy flying down to meet with them," said Espy.

No decision was made today whether the three will have to testify. Federal Magistrate Terry Moorer will make his recommendation to Judge Myron Thompson.

Judge Thompson could rule on the matter next week.

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