Judge Won't Seal Case Documents in Gambling Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has refused a request by an indicted casino owner to seal court documents that contain allegations against him.

The owner of VictoryLand casino in Shorter, Milton McGregor, had argued that public disclosure of the allegations by the prosecution could prejudice potential jurors in the case.

But U.S. District Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. rejected McGregor's request Tuesday.

Capel ruled that American judicial system is based on openness. and it's only speculation now about whether court documents could affect potential jurors.

McGregor is one of 11 people indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges that accuse them of buying votes on pro-gambling legislation.

They are scheduled for arraignment Friday in Montgomery.

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