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Defense: Trial based on con's testimony

A defense attorney in Alabama's gambling corruption trial says much of the prosecution's case is based on the testimony of one of the biggest con men Alabama has ever seen.

Defense lawyer David McKnight attacked the credibility of Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley in his closing argument Tuesday.

Gilley pleaded guilty and testified against the six defendants in the federal court trial in Montgomery.

McKnight said Gilley admitted in a taped call with his wife that his sentence depends on bringing others down. McKnight called the admission "repulsive."

He said Gilley has always used lies and other people to get what he wants. He urged jurors not to be Gilley's pawns.

McKnight represents casino lobbyist Tom Coker.

Defense attorneys will present their side throughout the day Tuesday.


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