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Federal basketball trial: Defense attorney to ask again for Sean Miller testimony

Wiretaps played Wednesday repeatedly mentioned Arizona coach

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Less than a week after a federal judge ruled that Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller would not be required to testify during the college basketball corruption trial, an attorney for one of the defendants will take a second stab at trying to make that happen.

Per Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, the attorney for Christian Dawkins—who along with ex-Adidas consultant Merl Code is on trial in New York City on federal bribery counts—believes recent testimony makes it more relevant for Miller to take the stand.

Last Friday judge Edgardo Ramos ruled that Miller’s testimony, including whether he was involved in paying players, would be “irrelevant” to the trial. That may no longer be the case after Miller’s name was brought up repeatedly on wiretaps played in court Wednesday during the testimony of FBI informant Marty Blazer:

Miller has publicly denied any wrongdoing, though since making an emphatic statement as to such in March 2018 he’s been mostly silent. Arizona’s connection to the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption includes the conviction of former assistant coach Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty earlier this year.