Johnny Ford, despite his repeated efforts, unable to get arrested during protests

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It wasn’t for lack of trying. Protesting the closing of VictoryLand, Tuskegee mayor Johnny Ford walked to the offices of Gov. Robert Bentley, Attorney General Luther Strange, and the Alabama Legislature Tuesday, seeking to get arrested. Ford was unsuccessful in each attempt, in part because he did not engage in actions that would lead to being [...]

Deputy AG hints at contesting liquor licenses at Poarch Creek casinos

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During the Wednesday debate over the liquor license for VictoryLand, a deputy attorney general handling gambling cases insinuated he could contest the liquor licenses for the three casinos operated by the Poarch Creek Indians. Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan said he did not know until looking at documents for the VictoryLand case that those casinos [...]

Senator Ross was paid by Greenetrack for helping with scholarship program

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A federal prosecutor asked a key government witness on Friday if she knew that Sen. Quinton Ross received $6,600 a month from Greenetrack, but documents show that work was for consulting the senator did to help the track with its scholarship program. Mark Englehart, an attorney for Ross, quickly objected to the comment by prosecutor [...]

Bingo trial, Week 4: Quotes, comments and tidbits

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Here are some more quotes, comments and tidbits from week four of the federal corruption trial: Right and wrong When asked who they should support for governor, VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor told Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley he had talked with Joe Reed with the Alabama Education Association about Sparks. “I think Ron is going [...]

Witness doesn’t remember racist comments by Beason

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Former state Rep. Benjamin Lewis, a key witness in a federal corruption trial, said Thursday he did not remember his friend and roommate making racist comments on a tape of the men talking. Lewis, who is now a district judge in Houston County, said he does not remember Sen. Scott Beason making racist comments in [...]