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Jul 11, 2013 9:20 AM by AP

Government opposes new trial for Gilmore

MONROE, La. (AP) - The government is arguing against former Monroe City Councilman Arthur Gilmore's request for an acquittal or a new trial.

In a motion filed this week, prosecutors contend that sufficient evidence was presented during Gilmore's trial to support the guilty verdict returned against him.

Gilmore was found guilty of racketeering and not guilty of extortion in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on May 16. This was Gilmore's second time being tried on the charges. He was originally convicted of racketeering and extortion in May 2011 with former councilman Robert Stevens, but a judge ruled they would receive a new trial.

Gilmore is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 26.

Stevens pleaded guilty in May to accepting cash bribe payments. His sentencing also is scheduled for Sept. 26.

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