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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Wilkes' attorney to judge: You don't have to put on the red light

Businessman Brent Wilkes is accused of bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.  His trial starts on Wendesday, and celebrity attorney Mark Geragos is claiming that evidence that Wilkes and Cunningham vistied prostitues together on the ground that the prosecutor is only using the evidence to sully Wilkes' reputation.  He thus claims that the evidence is inadmissible under Rule 403.  Of course, one of the allegations in the case is that part of Wilkes bribery consisted of procuring prostitutes for Cunningham in exchange for securing defense contracts.  Given this fact, it seems that Geragos faces an uphill battle in seeking to have the evidence excluded unless there are other factors at play.

-CM

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