Judge won't dismiss charges in Ala. gambling case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge says he will not dismiss any of the charges against the nine defendants in Alabama's gambling corruption case before it goes to trial June 6 in Montgomery.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson announced the decision in a court hearing Friday.

Defense attorneys had sought to have some of the charges dismissed before trial.

The judge also ruled the jury will not be sequestered for the trial. Attorneys estimate the trial will last two to three months.

Casino owner Milton McGregor, four present and former state senators, and four others are accused of buying and selling votes on pro-gambling legislation.

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