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Smith calls for Beason's resignation

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Sen. Harri Anne Smith calls for Sen. Beason's resignation 6/15/11. Sen. Harri Anne Smith calls for Sen. Beason's resignation 6/15/11.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

An indicted state senator says one of the government's witnesses in Alabama's gambling corruption trial should resign over his recorded comments.

Indicted Sen. Harri Ann Smith says remarks by Sen. Scott Beason were disgusting.

A defense attorney for indicted casino owner Milton McGregor presented a transcript of one government recording in which Beason referred to the black customers of Greenetrack casino as "aborigines." Beason said he didn't recall the remark, but he didn't dispute its accuracy.

Another recording was of Beason talking with Republican legislators. They said putting an electronic bingo referendum on the November 2010 ballot would bring out lots of black voters.

One legislator said casino owners would bus black voters to the polls. Beason responded, "That's right."

Beason returns to the witness stand Thursday. 

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