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Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM by AP

Federal judge blocks mention of affair in retrial

U.S. District Judge Donald Walter will not allow evidence about the relationship between an assistant U.S. attorney and a FBI agent to be introduced during the new trial of two former Monroe City councilmen.
The News-Star reports the ruling was given during a hearing on Thursday for the upcoming trial of Arthur Gilmore Jr. and Robert Stevens.
Walter also stated that he did not believe that prosecution witness Eddie Hakim was afforded any benefits because of his knowledge of a relationship between the attorney and investigator.
Walter instructed attorneys from both sides to file briefs defending their positions on whether to admit evidence relating to alleged tax fraud involving Hakim.
Gilmore and Stevens were convicted of racketeering and bribery in 2011. The new trial is scheduled for April 22.

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