Victoryland owner Milton McGregor and lobbyist Bob Geddie had a good day in court Monday. After a morning of hearings held in camera, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order dropping one count involving both of Geddie and McGregor.
The charge concerns Rep. Barry Mask (R-Wetumpka), who the prosecution in the bingo corruption trial says McGregor tried to bribe with $5,000. Mask recorded a series of conversations with McGregor for the FBI–those conversations were played in court.
“As to Count 3, the evidence presented by the government under the theory it asserted to the court is insufficient to support a conviction under this count,” Thompson wrote in the order.
On count 3, Geddie is accused of delivering the money — in the form of two checks for $2,500 a piece — from two different political action committees, to Mask at a fundraiser he was holding in Tallassee. The prosecution accused Geddie of being the “bag man” for McGregor.
McGregor still faces eight other counts, and Geddie still faces three.
Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday.
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