Florida attorney seeks new trial in gambling case

AP News
Posted: Oct 22, 2013 12:03 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida attorney who was convicted earlier this month of using a veterans' organization as a front for a $300 million gambling operation is asking for a new trial.

Kelly Mathis filed the motion for a new trial late last week.

Mathis was convicted of 103 out of 104 counts, including possessing slot machines, helping operate a lottery and racketeering.

He could face dozens of years in prison when he is sentenced next February.

Mathis says in the motion for a new trial that he was restricted from presenting evidence that his legal advice was sound.

The arrest of Mathis and 56 other Allied Veterans defendants led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and also caused the Florida Legislature to ban so-called Internet cafes earlier this year.