Prosecutors near end of case in gambling trial

Testimony concerning phone records at the federal gambling corruption trial in Montgomery shows that two casino operators were keeping in close touch with their lobbyists in the days leading up to a vote in the Alabama Legislature in March 2010 on gambling legislation.

FBI agent Nathan Langmark testified Tuesday that there were 172 phone calls during the about 100 days of the 2010 legislative session between phones associated with indicted Macon County casino owner Milton McGregor and phones associated with indicted lobbyist Tom Coker.

McGregor, Coker and six others are on trial for what prosecutors say was a scheme to buy and sell votes on gambling legislation.

The trial is in its eighth week. Prosecutors say they are at the end of their case and may rest later Tuesday.

Associated Press

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