Greenetrack question halted; Sen. Smith accused of bribery

Jennifer Pouncy on the witness stand (Sketch by: Bob Adams)
Jennifer Pouncy on the witness stand (Sketch by: Bob Adams)

The judge in Alabama's gambling corruption trial has stopped the prosecution from asking a casino lobbyist whether she knew that indicted Sen. Quinton Ross was receiving $6,600 a month from the Greenetrack gambling complex.

Ross' attorney objected before Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy could answer the prosecution's question.

Under questioning by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, prosecutor Steve Feaga said he didn't have any reason to believe Pouncy would know about any payment.

The judge stopped Pouncy from answering and told the jury to disregard the question because there was no foundation for it.

Greenetrack is not mentioned in the charges against the nine defendants who are on trial.

A former state senator has testified that indicted Sen. Harri Anne Smith offered him a campaign contribution if he would commit to voting for pro-gambling legislation.

Steve French of Mountain Brook testified Friday in Alabama's gambling corruption trial. French said Smith made the offer in the Senate chamber on March 11, 2010. French said he thought Smith had crossed the line and he walked away from her.

French testified that he soon contacted law enforcement to report the conversation.

French voted against the gambling bill when the Senate approved it on March 30, 2010. He lost his re-election bid last year.

Smith is 1 of 9 people on trial on charges accusing them of using campaign contributions to buy and sell votes.

Associated Press

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