New trial request denied by federal judge in Brett Parker gambling case

nophillips@thestate.comNovember 4, 2013 

— A federal judge has denied a request for a new trial for Brett Parker, his father and their associate, all of whom were found guilty in September of running an illegal gambling business.

The trio’s defense attorneys asked for a new trial in the wake of allegations against a key witness for the prosecution. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie filed a 19-page order Monday afternoon to deny their motion. Sentencing for Brett Parker, Jack Parker and Douglas E. Taylor is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the federal courthouse in Columbia.

Defense attorneys had argued that they should have been made aware of the claims pending against Ben Staples, a Lexington accountant and mortgage banker. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint against Staples just days after a jury returned a guity verdict against the Parkers and Taylor.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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