During a 30-minute hearing on Monday, attorneys for both sides hammered out a number of details before U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips.
- Attorneys will get up to 45 minutes for opening arguments.
- The 12 jurors will be selected from a pool of 65 to 70 East Tennessee residents.
- Witnesses more than likely will testify only about the facts of the case and probably not touch on Armstrong’s character.
- The case will last about a week.
- Prosecutors can force Armstrong’s wife to testify so long as they don’t violate the marital privilege of confidentiality.
The government alleges he had help from his accountant and an unindicted co-conspirator.
The defense counters that Armstrong used a tax preparer and had no intent to defraud the government.
Armstrong, who is charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government and tax evasion, has continued to serve in the state Legislature while his case is litigated in federal court.
He is up for election this year but faces no opponent in Thursday’s primary.