Fed. corruption trial ends; Defendants' fate in jury's hands

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The fate of nine defendants in the federal gambling corruption trial being held in downtown Montgomery now rests in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments ended late Friday morning in a very contentious manner.

The defense objected to numerous statements in the prosecution's final arguments; so much so that Judge Myron Thompson excused the jury from the room for a brief time.

He then chastised the defense attorneys for what he said appeared to be an effort to break up the prosecution's arguments.

After a lunch break, the judge began charging the jury Friday afternoon. The judge's charge is expected to take about an hour.

The jury will  then begin deliberations, determining the guilt or innocence of Victoryland owner Milton McGregor and eight other current and former lobbyists and state legislators.

The defendants are accused of attempting to purchase favorable votes for pro-gambling legislation before the Alabama legislature.

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