The judge in Alabama's gambling corruption case has told defense attorneys that he wants to know in detail why they think their clients should be acquitted rather than go through a retrial.
All seven, including casino owner Milton McGregor, are seeking acquittal based on a lack of evidence.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson set out a schedule Monday that gives defense attorneys until Sept. 9 to explain their reasoning charge by charge.
Prosecutors have to respond by Sept. 30 and defense attorneys get a chance to reply by Sept. 30. Then the judge will rule.
Thompson has set a retrial for all seven starting Jan. 9, but he is considering a request from prosecutors to split up the defendants into three groups for retrials.