A former lobbyist for bingo interests testified Thursday that former Sen. Jim Preuitt (R-Talladega) never asked her for anything, and that she never got a commitment from him.
Under cross examination by Ron Wise, an attorney for Preuitt, Pouncy testified that she thought she offended Preuitt by offering him $2 million in connection to his vote on a 2010 gambling bill, Senate bill 380.
“The impression I got was that I offended him,” Pouncy said. Thursday was her third day on the witness stand.
Later, Wise asked, “Jim Preuitt never asked you for anything, did he?”
“No, sir,” Pouncy replied.
Under direct examination from the prosecution on Tuesday, Pouncy had testified that Preuitt didn’t say anything when she made the offer.
“He didn’t say anything,” Pouncy said. “He changed the subject.”
However, Pouncy also said Preuitt later asked questions about the offer. “Sen. Preuitt asked me if SB380 does not pass the House of Representatives, does the commitment still stand?” Pouncy said Tuesday.
Pouncy has been very emotional on the stand throughout her testimony—she often seemed flustered, and has cried a number of times.
On Thursday, Wise asked Pouncy if maybe Preuitt didn’t hear her offer of $2 million, and Pouncy said “I guess it’s a possibility.” Later, when Wise asked if she remembered saying that about 25 minutes ago.
“I don’t remember what I said 25 minutes ago,” Pouncy said, crying.
Earlier Thursday, under cross examination by Susan James, an attorney for Country Crossing spokesperson Jay Walker, James asked Pouncy is she had ever called Massey “an arrogant prick who wanted to control everything?”
“That’s a good possibility,” Pouncy replied.
Pouncy was asked by David McKnight, an attorney for lobbyist Tom Coker, if she thought Massey was an honest person. She said no.
“I don’t think he was telling me the truth about a lot of things.”
Cross examination on Pouncy continues Friday. The prosecution is expected to call former state Sen. Steve French (R-Mountain Brook) after Pouncy leaves the witness stand.