Date set to determine if Gov. Riley will testify

File Photo: Former Gov. Bob Riley
File Photo: Former Gov. Bob Riley

A federal judge has set a hearing for Nov. 17 on whether former Gov. Bob Riley will have to testify in the retrial of Alabama's gambling corruption case.

Lawyers for one of the defendants, VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor, want to ask Riley if there was any communication between federal gambling investigators and Riley's gambling task force, which shut down VictoryLand's casino.

Lawyers for Riley and the state attorney general's office are opposing calling him as a witness.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. scheduled the hearing in Montgomery.

A different judge blocked McGregor's efforts to subpoena Riley to testify in the first gambling trial.

It ended in August with the jury unable to resolve all charges against seven of the defendants. McGregor called no witnesses in that trial.

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