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Video evidence presented in Mathis trial

June 8, 2005

Albany--- A witness denies charges that he is helping Henry Mathis' political enemies.

Joe McDonald is the first witness to testify in Mathis' federal extortion trial. He denied working with City Commissioner David Williams to frame Mathis.

Jurors watched videos and heard audio tapes of meetings between Mathis and McDonald. And in one video, Mathis accepts what appears to be money.

Prosecutors say they will prove Mathis told three people if they didn't give him money, he'd hurt their businesses.