Geddings trial goes to jurors

Defense says case remains unproved

Staff WritersOctober 12, 2006 

A jury of six men and six women is set to begin deliberations this morning in the fraud trial of former state lottery commissioner Kevin L. Geddings.

THE PROSECUTION ARGUMENT: Prosecutors told jurors Wednesday that Geddings, a lottery commissioner for 40 days before resigning last fall, had made a "mockery" of a public official's obligations in a case that goes to the "very core of a democracy."

Geddings was paid $250,000 since 2000 by lottery companies -- most of it from potential lottery vendor Scientific Games.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy said Geddings "actively sought again and again to conceal his relationship with Scientific Games." The efforts to hide the ties, he said, violated Geddings' duty to provide the public his honest services.

THE DEFENSE ARGUMENT: Geddings' lawyer, Thomas Manning, said the government had failed to prove its case. He mixed folksy humor and fits of incredulity in telling the jury to not be fooled by the government's case.

Geddings, he said, had publicly recused himself from voting on matters connected to Scientific Games.

"The government contends that it wasn't enough," Manning said. "We contend that it is."

THE CHARGES: Geddings is charged with six fraud counts connected to hiding the relationship.

WHAT GEDDINGS SAID: Asked how he was feeling as he left court, Geddings said, "I'm scared. ... One count is probably five years in prison."

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