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Judge ready for Allied Veterans trial to begin

6:08 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. -- A Seminole County judge wants trials to get underway for the remaining defendants caught in the Allied Veterans of the World dragnet.

Last spring Internet sweepstakes gaming centers across the state including Jacksonville netted 57 arrests.

Defense attorneys argued it may be impossible to be ready by May since the only defendant prosecuted and convicted has not be sentenced.

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, who was the legal adviser for Allied Veterans, plans to appeal his conviction.

Defense attorney Mark Nejame told the court delays in being able to depose Mathis combined with a possible federal investigation are obstacles.

"The first is that my client as well as many others relied on the advice of counsel. We think that was appropriate advice. But we cannot talk to Mr. Mathis until such time as his case is resolved," said NeJame following the half hour hearing.

Former Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba is among those awaiting trial.

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