Defendants seek delay in Alabama gambling trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Several defendants in the Alabama gambling probe are asking a judge to delay their trial, which is scheduled for April 4.

The defendants say they need more time to go through 2,800 telephone calls and more than 200,000 pages of documents turned over by the prosecution. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has given prosecutors until Dec. 9 to say whether they oppose a delay.

The requests for the delay caused a status conference to be canceled in the gambling case Thursday. A district judge decided there was no need to have a conference until after Thompson rules on whether to delay the trial.

Eleven people, including two casino developers, were arrested in October on charges accusing them of buying or selling votes on pro-gambling legislation.