Jury reaches split verdict in Alabama bingo trial
MONTGOMERY, Alabama: After a months-long trial to determine if eight current and sitting state legislators were guilty of accepting campaign contributions as bribes, a jury found defendants not guilty on some charges while being unable to reach a unanimous verdict on others.
The jurors returned 91 not guilty verdicts while remaining deadlocked on 33 counts. Those 33 remaining charges could still be brought against the defendants in another trial.
The case was an investigation into a conspiracy involving the buying and selling of votes for a bill to legalize electronic bingo. According to former federal prosecutor Joe McLean, the prosecution will likely try to re-try at least some of the remaining 33 charges.