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Jury reaches split verdict in Alabama bingo trial

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August 15, 2011

Quinton Ross was acquitted of all charges in the Alabama bingo investigation.

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

United States District Judge Myron Thompson said he will reschedule another trial to resolve the outstanding charges.[2]

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