Susan James, an attorney for Country Crossing spokesperson Jay Walker, told reporters Friday that, after 17 witnesses and 31 days of testimony, the prosecution’s case left many unanswered questions.
“There’s plenty of doubt in this case. I mean there’s just plenty of doubt–there’s just a lot of things that were left unanswered,” James said. “The burden’s on [the prosecution]. We have no burden at all, and we just think they didn’t meet it.”
In a surprise decision, all nine defendants in the bingo corruption case rested their cases Friday morning and ended the evidence portion of the trial.
“It’s a gamble, but I’ve gambled the other way before and lost, and I’ve gambled this way and won,” James said.
The prosecution ended their case on Tuesday, and on Thursday defendant Tom Coker called one witness, who suffered through a relatively tough cross examination.
“We would’ve really probably preferred–our team would have preferred just a unified stand-up-and-rest just as soon as their [the prosecution] case was over, but it’s individual cases and individual lawyers,” James said.
Following arguments on renewed motions of acquittal on Monday, closing arguments in the case are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Each defendant has requested about an hour to make their arguments, James said, and the government has requested six hours.
“We just decided that the government hadn’t proved their case,” James said. “We struggled with it. Everybody decided we were in the best posture we could be in, and the jury’s ready to make a decision, and so why prolong it?”
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