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Baute said Baker’s testimony was a key to showing a conspiracy existed.

“One or two quality witnesses (are) better than five or 10 people who are spinning, finessing or lying,” Baute said.

Sheridan’s case initially included a battery claim, but the judge ruled Tuesday that jurors will no longer be asked to consider that allegation.

“Desperate Housewives” was a ratings powerhouse in its early years, but has seen its audience dwindle. The show is in its eighth and final season.

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