Witness: Gilley a con man, but believable on stand
June 23, 2011 at 6:37 PM CDT - Updated June 24 at 12:01 PM
A former legislator who helped with the investigation of Statehouse corruption says he called Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley a crook while taping conversations for the FBI, but he would believe Gilley when he testifies in Alabama's gambling trial.
Former Rep. Benjamin Lewis of Dothan testified for a third day Thursday in Alabama's gambling corruption trial. Gilley has pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators and he's among the next group of witnesses that prosecutors plan to call to testify.
Lewis, who's now a district judge, was questioned by defense attorneys about Gilley's reputation in southeast Alabama. Lewis said Gilley was known as a con man, but Lewis said he would believe Gilley on the witness stand if he took an oath to tell the truth.
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