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Arguments to begin in Mathis internet cafe case

Kelly Mathis
Posted at 5:00 AM, Oct 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-09 01:07:06-04

      SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys are set to give their closing arguments in the case against a Jacksonville attorney accused of helping build up a network of storefront casinos under the guise of a veteran's charity.

      Judge Kenneth Lester said Wednesday's arguments will not have any time restrictions. But he also said that could mean he may hold off on giving the jury its final instructions for deliberations until Thursday.   

      Prosecutors decided not to call any rebuttal witnesses Tuesday and told Lester they were ready to proceed to closing arguments in attorney Kelly Mathis' trial.

      Although they had initially planned to ask the judge to throw out the remaining 100 or so counts, defense attorneys declined to do so on Tuesday.

      The judge had already dismissed about 50 money laundering counts last week.