Grand jury to hear Ala. bingo bill evidence May 4

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislator says a federal grand jury will meet next month to hear evidence in an investigation of possible corruption concerning a bill to legalize electronic bingo in Alabama.

Republican state Rep. Mac Gipson of Prattville, who opposed the bill, said Saturday he had been subpoenaed to appear May 4 before a grand jury in Montgomery.

Key legislators were advised by agents earlier that a probe was being conducted into possible illegal action by supporters of the bill.

They said they were told the Justice Department's public integrity unit in Washington, D.C., was handling the investigation.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined comment Saturday.

The Birmingham News first reported the grand jury meeting.

The News said lobbyists were being subpoenaed along with legislators
and that a large number of witnesses were being summoned.

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


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  • by OwnMan Location: Dothan on May 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    People you know why we dont have Bingo in Houston County be cause the Two big Money men dont want it and our Officials listens to every word they say Watson and Downs dont want it to succeed so they have done every thing they can to keep it out with the help of the sorriest gov. who has ever been in AL> bought and paid for when he puts someone in a judgeship you can bet it has been discussed with Dothans money boys look at the people in office and tell me whos not tied to the republican party . And then look and see who is the Chief of the Republican party and you will see why Dothan is getting to be a large city it is still very small minded two or three people has always controlled Dothan for the last hundred yrs. its their way or no way they can be voted out by the way money and all.
  • by Bobby Location: Geneva County on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    Looks like Harri Anne has more to worry about than just an election. I am not a Riley fan but NO ONE has proven any corruption or wrong doing on his part. There were the rumors about the indians paying him off and no evidence was brought out to prove it. And for everyone who wonders about why the indian casinos can operate, it is not state law. It is federal law that allows them to operate. The indian reservations are not part of the state. They are their own nation that is not governed by state law. I don't think any of this has anything to do with gambling. I believe that it has everything to do with corruption. It is funny that no one has ever accused Riley of being corrupt until the gambling issue came up. He has only did what he said that he would always do. Another thing is I believe that the CC employees/protester are also being paid to blog on all these sites to confuse public perception of the truth
  • by rodsmith on Apr 27, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    how true lowell after all it only took nazi riley what 30 years to realize there was one a few miles from his office! VICTORYLAND! Which of course will also become the new name of alabama once his nazi tail is no longer governor!
  • by Lowell Location: Dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 01:01 AM
    To be honest WHY?????? You're never going to get an honest answer to that excellent question. I've been trying to get some of these anti bingo clowns to enlighten us on the issue since day one. Thing is;must be that our state government is crooked,otherwise the E-Bingo establishments that are in operation would be shut down,as you ask why aren't they? Several of those establishments that HAVE been allowed to remain open ARE NOT on indian land.There has to be a reason why they are allowed to continue to operate while a few of them remain closed.If the government can take away our right to vote then they are capable of anything.Think about it! WE ARE loosing our freedom and there are some that really don't care.
  • by WHY????? Location: OZARK on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    I would love for somebody to tell me one thing, IF IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA IT IS NOT LEGAL TO HAVE E-BINGO THEN WHY CAN'T THEY MAKE THE INDIAN CASINO'S CLOSE, THEY CAN CHANGE OTHER LAWS IN THE STATE WHY CAN'T THEY CHANGE THAT ONE TOO, I TRULY BELEIVE IF E-BINGO IS NOT LEGAL IN THE STATE THEN THAT SHOULD APPLY TO ALL NOT JUST SOME, I DON'T CARE IF THEY ARE GRANDFATHERED IN OR ANY OTHER WAY IF IT IS NOT LEGAL FOR SOME IT SHOULD NOT BE LEGAL FOR ALL, SHUT THEM ALL DOWN OR LEAVE THEM ALL ALONE. I bet if they decided to do that a lot of people that are getting paid off by the indian casinos would change their minds about closeing them down if they thought that money was going to be gone for them. THINK ABOUT IT
  • by michael Location: panama city on Apr 25, 2010 at 09:49 PM
    WHY IS WIND CREEK CASINO ALLOWED TO BE OPEN IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA? IT IS A CASINO!
  • by Francine Location: Dothan on Apr 25, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    I understand from someone that Sen. Harri Anne is going to have to testify before the grand jury too. Not good for our area, she is quickly becoming an embarrassment.
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Apr 25, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    I WONDER IF BINGO RILEY AND HIS PUPPETS ARE CHARGE WITH ANY CORRUPTION TO THE STATE OF AL.THEY MUST HAVE BROKEN SOME KIND OF LAW.BUT IF YOU ARE AGAINST BINGO OR LETTING THE GOOD PEOPLE OF ALABAMA THE RIGHT TO VOTE YOU CAN DO WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO.WHAT LAWS DID BARNY TYSON BROKE? I THINK BINGO RILEY AND HIS PUPPETS ABUSE THEIR POWER.WE CAN THANK BINGO RILEY ,THE NO GOOD INDIANS,AND THE COLUMBIA BAPTIST ASS.FOR ALL OF THIS MESS.IF THE NO GOOD INDIAND WOULD WORRIE ABOUT THE CASINO THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TIME TO WORRIE ABOUT BINGO.THE THE PREACHER NEED TO KEEP THEIR NOSES OUT OF GOVERMENT BUSSINESS AND TEND TO TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR CHURCHES.OR HAVE THEY BROKEN SOME KIND LAW.MABY GODS LAW.I WONDER HOW MANY CHURCHES GAVE MONEY THESE CORRUPTED PUPPETS OF BINGO RILEY?THIS IS THIS BIGGEST PILE OF S..T I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IN MAKING THIS STATE A BACKWOOD STATE.MABY IN 100 YEARS WE MAY MOVE FORWARD.
  • by whyaname Location: Bama on Apr 25, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    why not start at bob rileys house that were all the corruption started just like the people dont know how to make up there on mines. We dont need j&j to tell use how to spend our money I never asked them for a thing
  • by Ron Location: Dothan on Apr 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    I wonder how many of the ANTI-Bingo representatives were paid off by the wealthy suckers opposing the bingo bill. Why doesn't the news media question that?
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