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Jury gets case of Ala. senator in corruption trial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Deliberations are under way in
Birmingham in the corruption trial of state Sen. E.B. McClain and a
Jefferson County minister.

Jurors got the case Wednesday morning after receiving final
instructions from a federal judge. Testimony in the bribery and
conspiracy trial ended Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue accepted about
$760,000 in state grant money obtained by McClain to run a
nonprofit foundation and then gave the senator more than $300,000
in kickbacks.

The men are charged with multiple counts of bribery, conspiracy,
money laundering and mail fraud.

Attorneys for Pettagrue and McClain say the grants and payments
were proper.


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