Second Alabama Vote-Buying Trial Ends in Acquittal


After seven days Montgomery, a second federal court jury in Montgomery, Ala., has acquitted six politicians, lobbyists and a casino owner of corruption and bribery charges in connection with their failed attempt to get the State Legislature to legalize some forms of gambling in 2010. The case exposed the often sordid backroom dealing of Alabama politics, but at the heart of the case was an argument about whether the dealing was criminal or simply the messy reality of the legislative process, according to the New York Times.

The defendants were acquitted on all 27 counts. The Birmingham News called it a sweeping defeat for federal prosecutors. They had accused a casino owner of being the kingpin of a conspiracy to buy and sell votes for a gambling bill in the Alabama Legislature by using campaign contributions as vote-swaying bribes. “They never had the evidence,” said defense attorney Joe Espy.

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