Judge denies Christian Dawkins new trial he requested after FBI agent pleaded guilty to gambling government money

ByPaula Lavigne via via logo
May 16, 2022, 6:39 PM

A federal judge Monday denied a request for a new trial from former aspiring sports business manager Christian Dawkins, who was among those convicted in the college basketball bribery case.

Dawkins' attorney Steven Haney had requested a new trial in February after a former FBI agent admitted to gambling with $13,500 in government money at a Las Vegas casino at the time of a key sting operation in the investigation. Haney argued at the time that ex-FBI agent Scott Carpenter's admission of wrongdoing compromised Dawkins' case and should prompt a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos wrote in his order that the FBI agent's guilty plea and details surrounding his crimes were not "newly discovered" evidence. "The only thing that is new is that Carpenter has only recently pleaded guilty to the very conduct of which the defendants had been made aware prior to trial," Ramos wrote.

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