Corruption trial rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 6th

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jury selection in the federal gambling corruption retrial scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled for Monday February 6th.

Earlier today Judge Myron Thompson temporarily suspended the jury selection process until further notice.

This is the verbiage of the order from Judge Thompson:

Due to the death of defendant Joseph R. Crosby, the court finds that "the ends of justice served by [granting a continuance until February 6, 2012,] outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant[s] in a speedy trial." 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A). Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the jury selection and trial for defendants Milton E. McGregor, Thomas E. Coker, Larry P. Means, James E. Preuitt, Harri Ann H. Smith, and Jarrell W. Walker, Jr. now set for January 30, 2012, are continued to Monday, February 6, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., in the Frank Case 2:10-cr-00186-MHT-WC Document 2230 Filed 01/30/12 Page 1 of 2 M. Johnson Jr. United States Courthouse Complex, Courtroom 2FMJ, One Church Street, Montgomery, Alabama. It is further ORDERED that parties and their counsel are to report to the courtroom by no later than 8:00 a.m. on February 6, 2012, so that any remaining pretrial issues can be resolved and so that jury selection can begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on that day.In addition to Crosby, the second trial was to involve casino owner Milton McGregor, state Sen. Harri Anne Smith, former Sens. Larry Means and Jim Preuitt, and two others. All were facing bribery charges and 6 of the seven faced conspiracy charges. Some of the defense attorneys had estimated that jury selection could last several days.

The first trial ended in August with the jury acquitting two defendants, but unable to agree on some charges against the remaining seven.

The judge and defense attorneys were to be the same for the retrial, but the federal government has a new lead prosecutor.

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