In an attempt to preempt the defense team in the Alabama Bingo Trial, state prosecutors played the tape of State Sen. Scott Beason’s “aborigines” remark regarding minorities in Alabama. In the first trial, defense lawyers used the tape to discredit Beason, who was considered to be the prosecution’s star witness.
The first part of the tape was played yesterday during the testimony of former casino owner Ronnie Gilley. Prosecutor Kendall Day asked Gilley about Beason’s comments about busing minority voters to the polls.
“It’s nauseating,” Gilley replied.
Today, jurors heard Beason’s incredulous “aborigines” comment describing the casino-goers of Greene County, a predominantly black community in Alabama.
Beason apologized for his comment last September and labeled them as “careless and unnecessary.”
This will prove to be a major hurdle for the Republican from Gardendale as he tries to unseat Incumbent Spencer Bachus from the 6th District in the House of Representatives. Bachus has held the seat for nearly two decades and is currently the Financial Services Committee chairman with over $1 Million dollars in his campaign coffer. Despite unfounded allegations of insider trading, Bachus is holding a steady lead in the polls.