TRIAL: Prosecution begins closing arguments

Published: Aug. 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2011 at 3:15 PM CDT
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Defendant Milton McGregor and his legal team.
Defendant Milton McGregor and his legal team.

A federal prosecutor in Alabama's gambling corruption trial says the defendants conspired to pass pro-gambling legislation because electronic bingo machines were making millions of dollars.

The opening arguments began Wednesday morning with prosecutor Edward Kang pointing at VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor and saying he was trying to line his pockets with money. He pointed out that McGregor's business interests had more than $40 million in income in 2009 when VictoryLand's casino was open and lost more than $4 million in 2010 when the casino was closed.

Kang said McGregor's lobbyists and others joined in the scheme because it was a gravy train for them and four senators agreed to help because it was a quick source of campaign funding.

Defense attorneys will present their arguments after the prosecution finishes.

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