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Top officials listed as witnesses in gambling case

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Updated: 5/07/2013 3:22 pm
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- 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.

[SPECIAL COVERAGE: VETERANS CHARITY SCANDAL]

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TOMMY - 5/8/2013 5:48 AM
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Can't wait to see his picture in a prison uniform, this is white collar crime against all of us!
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