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Defense asks for Allied Veterans case to be tossed

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a Jacksonville lawyer are asking a judge to throw out criminal charges alleging that Kelly Mathis helped build a $300 million gambling operation.

Mathis attorneys on Tuesday are asking Judge Kenneth Lester to toss his case, claiming prosecutors have failed to prove the Jacksonville attorney is guilty of any crime.

Prosecutors rested on Monday without calling three of Mathis' key co-defendants to the witness stand.

Mathis' attorney says the fact that prosecutors didn't call leaders of Allied Veterans of the World or the owner of a company that made software for Allied Veterans centers shows the weakness of the prosecution's case.

The arrest of Mathis and 56 other people in March prompted the Florida Legislature to ban the storefront Internet cafes and led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who had worked as a consultant for Allied Veterans. She has denied wrongdoing and wasn't charged

 
 

 

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