The seventh day of deliberations must be the charm - the jury returned verdicts during both trials on the seventh day.
Shortly after 9:00 this morning the jury came back with not guilty verdicts on all counts for every defendant.
Judge Thompson discharged all of the defendants, dismissed the jury, then dismissed court. The saga that's been going on for two years is now over - and without a single conviction.
So what's next?
Ronnie Gilley, Jarrod Massey and Jennifer Pouncy all pleaded guilty to federal crimes (along with former Sen. Terry Spicer) and are scheduled to be sentenced for those crimes in April. Shortly before verdicts came down for the trial the government filed a motion to extend that sentencing date until August. As of post time, Judge Thompson has not ruled on that motion.
What's next for the defendants? All of them told the press that they were looking forward to having a little time to relax and get on with life. Several attorneys alluded to the fact that they might file civil suits against the people behind this case. Only time will tell.
Many commenters expressed interest in the opening of Victoryland now that McGregor has been cleared. While McGregor did not address this in his statement to the press this morning, it's important to note that Victoryland has been closed since the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling attempted to raid the facility in early 2010. While McGregor's name has been cleared - the legality of the Victoryland machines has not. Some maintain that since you are playing against other people the machines should be legal, however the state government has classified them as illegal slot machines. And while Macon County did vote to legalize electronic bingo machines through a Local Constitutional Amendment, the argument over if Victoryland's machines are slot machines or electronic bingo machines hasn't found a resolution yet. That battle will likely determine Victoryland's next move. Ultimately this case wasn't about whether electronic bingo machines were legal, it was about if corrupt dealings were used while trying to pass legislation in Alabama.