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Former Alabama governor sought as gambling witness

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The attorney general is fighting efforts by casino owner Milton McGregor to call former Gov. Bob Riley as a witness when McGregor and others are retried in Alabama's gambling corruption case.

Attorney General Luther Strange filed court papers Tuesday saying McGregor's subpoena for Riley and his former public safety director, Chris Murphy, should be blocked.

The attorney general argued that the investigation by Riley's gambling task force into electronic bingo casinos like McGregor's VictoryLand is not relevant to McGregor's case. The attorney general also argued that information about state law investigations is protected by executive privilege.

McGregor subpoenaed Riley as a witness in the first gambling corruption trial that ended in August, but the former governor ended up not testifying after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Canada.

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