DOJ official: bingo probe not meant to alter vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A top Justice Department official says
an investigation surrounding a bill to regulate and legalize
electronic bingo in Alabama isn't meants to influence an upcoming
vote in the Alabama House.

The acting chief of the Public Integrity Section, Raymond N.
Hulser, made the statement in a letter to Birmingham attorney Doug
Jones, who represents the Democratic caucuses in the House and
Senate.

In his own letter to Justice Department officials, Jones
expressed "grave concern" about the timing of a meeting that
federal investigators had with key legislators disclosing the
investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department in Washington, Laura
Sweeney, declined to comment Monday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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