Alabama Fights to Keep Electronic Bingo Games
Ex-Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley has long been a crusader against electronic bingo in the state of Alabama. While acting as governor, Riley worked hard and contested to close VictoryLand’s bingo operations and fought against a bill that would have allowed electronic bingo in the state.
In a twist of fate, Milton McGregor, owner of VictoryLand, is working to coerce his opponent Ex-Gov. Bob Riley to appear at his trial and testify. McGregor stands accused of vote buying and pushing the bill forward illegally. McGregor’s Lawyers issued Riley with summons asking him to be available to appear at the trial. In the gambling legislation case, the bill would have probably allowed McGregor and the rest of casino proprietors to continue with their operations of the electronic bingo games, which according to Riley were illegal. The opponents have said that McGregor attempted to bribe the legislators to vote for the bill.
Riley is now fighting against the subpoena. “Riley does not believe that he has any personal knowledge concerning the alleged acts made the basis of the Indictment, nor any other personal knowledge of facts that are admissible or relevant to the trial of this case,” a lawyer for the ex-governor said in an attempt to crush the subpoena.
The ex-governor, who has been summoned to be at the trial, is planning to take a motorcycle trip to Alaska.
The lawyers stated that the court can alter the conditions if the subpoena stands. “Instead, Riley requests that he be placed on call and allowed a reasonable time to return from wherever he may be en route to or from Alaska should his testimony be needed,” the motion states.
A similar petition has been filed by Attorney General Luther Strange in order to discourage the subpoena.
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