Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 2:34 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 4:20 PM
By Kim Chandler — The Birmingham News
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The jury in the Alabama bingo corruption trial handed down no convictions in the case. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on many charges, and it said defendants were not guilty on the rest.
The judge is declaring mistrials on the charges for which the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, and he said he would set a new trial date within a month. [Click here to read the entire story.]
Though the gambling corruption trial resulted in no convictions for the nine defendants and a mistrial has been declared on several of the counts, the fact remains that gambling and corruption go hand-in-hand. It is always difficult to prove intentions when money changes hands. The fact that the gambling bosses gave large sums of money to various legislators and candidates was never denied; all that happened is that the prosecution could not prove the money was associated with particular votes on gambling. It must also be remembered that two of the original eleven defendants pled guilty to the corruption charges.
We can be confident that the gambling bosses will likely continue to identify candidates, incumbent legislators and constitutional officers they can support financially in order to affect the laws of Alabama to be favorable to their multi-million dollar gambling establishments. If, eventually, they are not convicted on any of the counts, they are also likely to continue applying tremendous pressure on legislators in the hallways of the Alabama State House.
During the 2009 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, one particular pro-gambling bill tied up the Senate for an entire 10 days out of 30 total legislative days (one third of the Regular Session)! During the 2010 Regular Legislative Session, the gambling bill which led to the FBI investigation and the corruption charges, monopolized the entire session.
The citizens of Alabama must make sure to elect people who are pro-life, pro-family and pro-moral, and especially, men and women who oppose legislation that promotes gambling. ALCAP will continue to serve as the voice of the faith community in the Alabama Legislature. We will continue to keep you updated on the current issues facing our state, and we will continue to provide your church with quality resources concerning the issues confronting our state as, together, we stand for what is right and good in Alabama! ALCAP will also continue to represent our Lord Jesus Christ in the halls of the Alabama State House as your missionaries to the center of state government.
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