Judge pushes back gambling corruption trial

A federal judge has delayed the retrial of Alabama's gambling corruption case until Jan. 30.

The U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson granted a request from prosecutors Tuesday to push back the trial three weeks.

The judge had originally set the case for Jan. 9, but prosecutors cited scheduling problems.

Defense attorneys had no objection to the delay. Seven defendants are scheduled for the retrial, including VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor and three present and former state senators.

They are accused of trading campaign donations for votes on pro-gambling legislation.

The first trial ended in August with the jury unable to decide all the charges against the seven.

Two other defendants, Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery and VictoryLand lobbyist Bob Geddie, were acquitted in the first trial.

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