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Attorney: Fuller Is A 'Target'

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Friday, January 28, 2005; Page D06

The attorney for Baltimore Ravens defensive back Corey Fuller told a jury in Tallahassee yesterday that gambling and firearms charges against his client are bogus, saying that investigators were interested only in the former Florida State star because of his celebrity.

A 10-year NFL veteran, Fuller was arrested nine months ago after police entered his Tallahassee home and said they broke up a poker game with pots of thousands of dollars. State law allows card players to gamble only up to $10 a hand.

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"The evidence is going to show the reason we're here is not what Mr. Fuller did, but who Mr. Fuller is," defense attorney Tim Jansen said in his opening statement. "Their investigation was detailed to target Mr. Fuller."

The trial, expected to last two days, began nearly two hours late after attorneys for both sides argued about witnesses, who were reluctant to follow through on deals with the state to testify.

The state attorney's office has failed to convict any Florida State player in years, sometimes having difficulty finding jurors to hear a case against Seminole athletes.

Prosecutor Matt Smith told Fuller's jury that witnesses would testify that Fuller kept a weapon on his person while a card game known as "Georgia 'skins" was being played and received part of the pot for hosting the game.

"He was standing around the table like a pit boss . . . he took his cut," Smith said in his opening statement.

Fuller was arrested in April after an investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which provided the assistance of an undercover agent from Miami.

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