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After responsible verdict, J.T. Burnette’s legal professionals ask for acquittal

Attorneys for John “J.T.” Burnette requested the choose in his public corruption trial to acquit him on the 5 counts that resulted final month in responsible verdicts in opposition to the distinguished businessman.

In a movement filed Monday, his legal professionals cited testimony from former Mayor Scott Maddox and his girlfriend Paige Carter-Smith that they argued clears their consumer. The 2 testified in opposition to Burnette, their co-defendant, throughout his federal trial, which started in July and wrapped in August after pandemic-related delays.

Extra:Jurors convict distinguished Tallahassee businessman J.T. Burnette on public corruption costs

Jurors convicted Burnette on 5 of 9 counts, together with costs of extortion and mail fraud, and acquitted him on 4 different counts, together with participating in a racketeering conspiracy. Maddox and Carter-Smith had been sentenced final week to 5 years and two years in jail, respectively, on bribery costs.

J.T. Burnette describes wanting to help a man — who later turned out to be an undercover FBI agent — in a search for a commercial property in Tallahassee.

Such motions are routinely filed by protection legal professionals — however they’re solely hardly ever granted by federal judges. U.S. District Choose Robert Hinkle dominated in opposition to a protection movement searching for an acquittal on the finish of the trial.

The court docket submitting says Burnette can solely be accountable for extortion if he “willfully” joined along with Maddox to commit against the law. It asserts there was no such plan involving undercover FBI brokers posing as reps from a fictitious agency, Southern Pines Growth.