Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sen. Beason on stand for 4th day in gambling trial

Scott Beason

MONTGOMERY — The first witness in Alabama's gambling corruption trial, Republican state Sen. Scott Beason, is returning to the witness stand for the fourth day of testimony.
Beason was one of three Republican legislators who helped the FBI in its investigation of Statehouse corruption by recording meetings and phone calls.
Defense attorneys presented a transcript Wednesday of a meeting Beason had with two other Republican legislators. In the meeting, he referred to black customers of a gambling hall as "aborigines."
Defense lawyers also presented another transcript where Beason was in a group of Republicans legislators who said casino owners would bus black voters to the polls to support gambling legislation.
One of the defendants, independent state Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb, says Beason's remarks were disgusting and he ought to resign.

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