FBI: Ala. senator's call produced no contribution


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An FBI agent has testified that an indicted state senator did not get a campaign contribution from an indicted casino owner when he sought one shortly before the state Senate passed a pro-gambling bill.

FBI agent John McEachern testified Tuesday about a wiretapped phone call between Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery and VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor on March 30, 2010.

In the call, Ross said, "The window is closing." Under questioning by defense lawyer Lewis Gills, the FBI agent conceded Ross was talking about the qualifying deadline for candidates and not about the Senate's upcoming vote. The FBI agent also testified the phone call did not result in a contribution from McGregor.

Ross and McGregor are among nine defendants in Alabama's gambling corruption trial.

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