Grand Jury Meets to Investigate Electronic Bingo

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A grand jury is meeting at the federal courthouse in Montgomery to investigate allegations of possible vote buying in the Alabama Legislature during consideration of a bill to authorize, tax and regulate electronic bingo.

Republican state Rep. Mac Gipson of Prattville said he was called to appear before the grand jury on Tuesday. House Speaker Seth Hammett has said he was called to testify on Wednesday. Hammett is a Democrat from Andalusia.

Six top legislative leaders were told in a meeting with federal officials last month that the FBI was investigating whether public corruption was involved in the Senate passing the electronic bingo bill. The proposed legislation later died without coming up for a vote in the House.

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  • by Rob Location: Pensacola on May 5, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    Looks like the usual guilty before convicted comments. Those that can not control themselves must control others. They are the ones that try to stop electronic bingo. Bring on the adult entertainment of Electronic Bingo for those who enjoy this and control themselves and not others!
  • by John Location: Hartford on May 4, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    I think that it is safe to say that if you didn't get a subpeona and you took "campaign contributions" or any money at all from CC or victoryland you are in some serious trouble. Sorry Harri Anne but you knew better. I remember when you were very much against the thought of any gambling in Alabama but you suddenly changed your mind when the money started getting thrown around.
  • by ty Location: dothan on May 4, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    hopefully the investigation will probe into both sides of the issue. NEITHER side is clean on this one!
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