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Balch attorneys, Drummond VP plead not guilty to bribery charges

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The federal public corruption case involving Former State Representative Oliver Robinson is moving forward.

Robinson reached a plea dead. Now, the men who he say bribed him are responding to their own charges.

The two attorneys from Balch Bingham and a vice president at Drummond Company were in federal court pleading “not guilty” to their charges.

Joel Gilbert and Steven Mckinney of Balch and Bingham and Drummond Company’s David Roberson were indicted on charges of conspiracy, bribery and honest services wire fraud.

The judge set a $5,000 unsecured bond.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town has described these charges as people conspiring to pay for a politician, instead of potentially expensive environmental clean-up costs.

Town also said he expects former Robinson, who has been cooperative, to testify against those he say bribed him.

Gilbert, McKinney and Roberson have maintained their innocence. Gilbert’s attorney Jack Sharman said he looks forward to trial.

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