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Closing arguments in Mathis trial to begin Wednesday morning

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Updated: 10/08/2013 12:26 pm
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The prosecution has rested its case against a Jacksonville attorney accused of helping build up a network of storefront casinos under the guise of a veteran's charity.

Prosecutors decided not to call any rebuttal witnesses Tuesday and told Judge Kenneth Lester they were ready to proceed to closing arguments in lawyer Kelly Mathis' trial.

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Lester released the jury for the remainder of the day so that prosecutors and defense attorneys could finish hashing out final jury instructions. Closing arguments will begin Wednesday morning.

Although they had initially planned to ask the judge to throw out the remaining 100 or so counts, defense attorneys declined to do so Tuesday. The judge had already dismissed about 50 money laundering counts last week.

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Realchange - 10/8/2013 2:20 PM
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I am more interested in when Judge Nelson and Angela Corey will go on trial for ethics violations. They both knew that Travyon Martin had history of violence. This included cell phone records indicating a "snitch" had not bleed enough for him. That he started shopping for street hand guns shortly after. They was aware of him being caught with stolen burglarized jewelry and it was concealed as well from the jury. They were aware of his drug use including pot and purple lean. All this pointed to an out control young man that would attack even bus drivers for arguing with him on "his" bus. Still no ethics violations. It seems withholding evidence from a jury now days deliberately lying to them about a man's character is ethical behavior that will not be punished.
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