The final charge against Ray Crosby, a defendant in the federal gambling corruption trial, was dropped Friday. Crosby unexpectedly died last Sunday, a day before the retrial against him and other defendants was to begin.
The federal court cleared Crosby's name and ended a long legal journey for the late legislative bill writer.
The indictments against Crosby came down in October 2010. The first federal trial began June 6, 2011 and ended August 11 with no convictions against him. The jury left Crosby with one bribery count after he was acquitted on 12 other counts.
The decision to remove Crosby's final charge will not affect the man Crosby is accused of taking bribes from. The federal programs bribery charge still remains against Victoryland owner Milton McGregor.
McGregor is charged with allegedly bribing Crosby with $3,000 per month in payments for his role in writing electronic gambling legislation that would favor McGregor's interests.
There's a possibility that a gag order will be placed on the defense for the retrial, which starts February 6, meaning there wouldn't be any comments from them before or after their days in court.
With Friday's decision, Crosby becomes the third defendant acquitted on all charges in the federal corruption trial.
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