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Opening statements begin in Painter trial

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago December 11, 2013 Dec 11, 2013 Wednesday, December 11 2013 December 11, 2013 1:39 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brian Waldrep

BATON ROUGE - Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of former Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter in Baton Rouge.

Painter is accused of conducting hundreds of personal searches through state and local databases while he was in office.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors told jurors that Painter's use of the database violated the public's trust because it didn't have a criminal purpose and it didn't benefit ATC.

Painter's attorneys say all names were run legitimately.

If convicted, he faces more than 80 years in prison.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more from the proceedings on tonight's broadcasts.

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