Judge weighs acquittal requests in gambling retrial

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.

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