As court proceedings began Wednesday in Alabama’s bingo corruption trial, lobbyist Jarrod Massey apologized to a defense lawyer for smart aleck remarks he made on from the stand Tuesday.
After breaking down on the witness stand as he told the prosecutor why he asked to be sent to jail early, an emboldened Massey told Milton McGregor’s attorney Bobby Segall, “I have a dislike for you and I was getting a little fun out of aggravating you.”
When Massey said he wanted to apologize Wednesday morning, Segall demanded the apology be delivered away from the jury.
The judge agreed and sent the jury out of the courtroom while Massey apologized and Segall accepted.
When the jury returned, they eventually saw more defiance character of Massey return.
At one point he began to exclaim “I bribed him! I bribed him!”, referring to former representative Terry Spicer.
“This morning was totally intolerable,” said Judge Myron Thompson just before lunch. He was scolding Massey, Segall and government attorney Emily Woods for shouting and trying to talk over one another.
Massey is working out a plea deal with the court. If the judge doesn’t feel Massey has fulfilled his part of the plea bargain, he can throw the deal out the window. Massey told the court yesterday he was hoping the judge would give him time served, however he could get more than a dozen years for the charges he has admitted he committed.
Segall spent the afternoon, picking apart Massey’s testimony and sparking more outbursts. He tried to paint Massey and his boss, Ronnie Gilley, as loose cannons that did not like Milton McGregor and often operated totally independent of him. But they liked his money.
Massey admitted they took steps completely counter to McGregor’s desires and hiding their actions from the VictoryLand owner. In fact, sometimes they did things, and hid what they were doing from each other.
In Segall’s scenario, Massey and Gilley simply told those they were with what they wanted to hear, while sometimes taking opposite actions. For example, McGregor didn’t want to include an Etowah County Casino venue in the electronic bingo bill, but Massey and Gilley supported the idea to curry favor with former Senator Larry Means of Attalla.
Massey could spend the rest of the week on the stand explaining his four days of testimony for the prosecution. Segall was still pelting Massey with questions when Wednesday’s court session ended.