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Stockman Trial Enters Third Week, With Dodd On The Stand And Posey In The Wings

Thomas Dodd and Jason Posey have both pleaded guilty to aiding former Congressman Steve Stockman, their ex-employer, in a million-dollar fraud and money laundering scheme.

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Steve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017

The trial of former Congressman Steve Stockman enters its third week today. Stockman is charged with diverting $1.2 million in charitable contributions to pay for political and personal expenses.

Week three begins with Thomas Dodd, one of the government's key witnesses, still on the stand. Dodd is a former Stockman staffer. He's pleaded guilty to aiding his ex-employer in committing fraud and lying to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The defense is now cross-examining Dodd.

The government has at least one other major witness left to call. Former Stockman aide Jason Posey will testify on his role in the alleged fraud. Like Dodd, Posey has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the prosecution in the hope of a more lenient sentence. The defense's strategy hinges largely on trying to discredit Posey and Dodd with the jury.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case sometime this week. After that, the defense will begin calling its own witnesses. It's still not clear whether Stockman himself will testify.

Stockman represented Houston-area congressional districts from 1995 to 1997 and from 2013 to 2015. He faces 24 criminal counts, including multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, making false statements to the FEC, and tax evasion.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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