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October 19, 2005

Albany -- Superior Court Judge Loring Gray threatened defense attorney James Finkelstein with contempt of court charges this morning, in the fifth day of the Donna Wilson trial.

Finkelstein, the attorney for Donna Wilson, attempted to introduce evidence that had been ruled out of bounds by Gray, in Wilson's RICO trial.

Donna Wilson is the daughter of Dora Wilson, who has plead guilty to numerous charges in connection to a money laundering enterprise after she won a contract with the city to haul garbage.

While managing to stay in Judge Gray's good graces, Finkelstein directed an intense examination of district attorney investigators, questioning the evidence, and how it was gathered.

Donna Wilson is charged with taking and spending money that the government says was obtained through burglaries, money laundering, and other illegal means. Some of today's testimony was emotional.

We will have more on the trial in our 6:00 newscast.


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