Proof hearing begins in FBI-Caesars search case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lawyers for Malaysian man and his son are asking a federal judge in Las Vegas on Monday to throw out evidence in an international Internet gambling case due to the fact FBI agents posed as repair technicians to get into their clients’ suites at Caesars Palace.

Defense lawyer David Chesnoff says no American would be safe at home if searches can be based on deception like the FBI employed to receive search warrants in the case against Wei Seng Phua and Darren Wai Kit Phua.

Chesnoff and lawyer Thomas Goldstein want U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen to throw out proof that was collected as the tainted result of an unconstitutional ruse.

Prosecutors deny the government employed improper techniques to get probable cause for a warrant to enter Phua’s higher-roller suites.

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