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Mar 22, 2013 9:31 AM by AP

Ex-councilmen argue for use of evidence at trial

MONROE, La. (AP) - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have filed an objection to the government's request to limit certain evidence that can be used in their upcoming trial.

In a motion filed in federal court Thursday, the defendants say that in order to prove entrapment, which is what they are alleging, they will need to present evidence pertaining to the tax liability of Eddie Hakim, the government's key witness from the original trial, and any evidence related to the intimate relationship between former FBI case agent Bill Chesser and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mignonne Griffing.

Gilmore and Stevens were convicted of racketeering and bribery in 2011. On March 5, The News-Star reports a judge granted the pair's motion for a new trial, which is scheduled for April 22.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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