by: Richard Elliot Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Attorneys for embattled Gwinnett County
state Sen. Don Balfour did not deny the lawmaker made mistakes on several of his state expense reports, but they said the mistakes were not intentional.
After picking a jury for most of the morning, each side got a chance for their opening remarks.
Balfour's attorney, Ken Hodges, admitted the state senator did make some mistakes on those vouchers.
"We're not contesting that he
Hodges characterized Balfour as a sloppy
"He did not show attention to detail," said Hodges. "He was a
But prosecutor David McLaughlin, of the State Attorney General's Office, said the mistakes were intentional, made by someone who wanted to cheat the system out of thousands of dollars. He brought up one example he said shows how Balfour charged both his employer and the state for same hotel stay.
"He got that paid for by the state of Georgia on May
Defense attorneys announced their plan to call other state senators to testify on Balfour's behalf.
Testimony will resume Tuesday morning.
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