Posted: Jun 14, 2011 6:29 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 14, 2011 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The defense had a chance to cross-examine prosecutor's star witness in former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson's bribery trial today.
Attorney Page Pate questioned William Myles about the FBI's tactics during their undercover investigation of Nelson. Myles posed as a corrupt businessman trying to sell local officials on a fake garbage can cleaning project called "Cifer 5000".
Pate asked if the FBI taught Myles deceptive tactics, which he denied. The defense also replayed a portion of a recorded conversation between Myles and Nelson, in which Nelson said he was "going to play it straight, by the book." She asked Myles why the investigation didn't stop then, and why they kept going back to Nelson offering bribes and cash.
Prosecutors said Nelson willingly asked for 10 percent of any money earned on the Cifer 5000. In court prosecutors also played a tape where nelson was recorded saying, "We need whatever. Tell him to empty his pockets. You should do about ten," referring to the $10,000 he requested for his campaign.
There are still dozens of witnesses left to take the stand, and attorneys expect the trial to stretch into next week.