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Political leaders fill Allied Veterans' defense witness list

From the Associated Press:

Some of Florida's top political and law enforcement leaders are named as defense witnesses for a Jacksonville lawyer charged with being the mastermind behind a veterans' charity that prosecutors say was actually a gambling operation.

Kelly Mathis' witness list filed Tuesday includes former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former state Agricultural Commissioner Charles Bronson, former Florida Democratic Party chair Scott Maddox and a several prosecutors and sheriffs.

Mathis' defense attorney says the politicians and law enforcement officials are listed because they had analyzed the law which he says shows that his client did nothing wrong.

The filing came on the same day that the 57 defendants charged with running the gambling operation had the arraignment before a judge. The defendants had earlier entered written guilty pleas and weren't present in court.

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Rick Scott Kicks African American Women to the Curb

Rick Scott should take the stand and say how much he knew about the LGs involvement before he took her as a running mate only to kick her to the curb.

whasup

Hmmm ... how many of these politicians got campaign contributions from the illegal gambling operation?

Still, I can hear the prosecutors' questions to these witnesses now. Did you believe they gave a large percentage of their revenue to charity? Yes. Does it surprise you that they did not? Yes. So do you agree they misled you about their charity giving? Yes.
Oops.

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