Former casino owner Ronnie Gilley took the stand today in the ongoing Bingo Trial to testify against the defendants. Gilley described the electronic bingo machines as a “license to print money.” Simply put, the machines were going to bring in millions to casino owners, specifically Milton McGregor.
Gilley is one of the prosecution’s key witnesses and he is expected to be on the witness stand for several days. He is currently testifying under a plea deal with prosecutors.
This is a pivotal moment in the State-House vote-buying trial that has the full attention of the state of Alabama. With political campaigns in full swing now, politicians have one eye on Montgomery and the other on their races.
State Sen. Scott Beason R-Gardendale has the most to gain or lose from the trial as a tape of him calling some minority voters “aborigines” is expected to be played in the future. Beason is running in the 6th District against 10-year veteran Congressman Spencer Bachus. The latest polls showed Bachus to be ahead in the race by a considerable margin.