Jury deliberations to begin in Ala. gambling trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's two-month-long gambling corruption trial is about to get to jury deliberations.
An attorney for the last of the nine defendants presented her closing arguments Friday morning. The lawyer for Country Crossing casino spokesman Jay Walker, Susan James, questioned the motives of Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley and two of his lobbyists for pleading guilty and testifying against the defendants. James said they told falsehoods on the witness stand to try to shorten their sentences.
The prosecution will get to wrap up its arguments, and then U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson will give instructions to the jury. Thompson said the jury of 11 women and one man should begin deliberations this afternoon. The jury is sequestered and will deliberate through the weekend, if necessary.


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