- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - An attorney for the former Mashantucket Pequot leader convicted of embezzling from the tribe has told a U.S. appeals court that his client was blocked from preventing key evidence at trial.

Michael Thomas, a former chairman of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino, began serving an 18-month prison sentence in January.

The Day of New London (http://bit.ly/1wsI95o ) reports that a defense attorney argued Tuesday before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Haven that Thomas was kept from putting on a proper defense by the trial judge’s decision to bar certain lines of argument. For instance, Thomas could not argue he had a history of reimbursing personal expenses that he charged to a tribe-issued credit card.

Thomas was convicted last year of running up more than $100,000 in illegal charges.

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