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Former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore.

Report: Gilmore to stay free while seeking second appeal

By Nikita Biryukov, December 09 2020 4:58 pm

Former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore is seeking another appeal of his convictions on federal tax charges, Politico New Jersey reported Wednesday.

The former powerbroker’s lawyer told Politico he intends to seek a hearing before all 14 of the 3rd district’s fulltime judges. He’ll remain out of prison while that process is ongoing.

Gilmore was convicted on charges that he failed to file employee payroll taxes and for making false statements on a loan application last April. The jury found him not guilty on charges that he filed false tax returns and deadlocked on federal tax evasion charges.

The longtime Ocean GOP leader filed an appeal, but a three-judge panel denied that appeal Friday, ruling the judge who presided over Gilmore’s trial properly excluded an expert psychiatric evaluation that claimed Gilmore had a hoarding disorder that led to lavish spending in lieu of tax payments.

It agreed with the lower court’s ruling that the expert witness’s testimony was “largely a conduit for hearsay.”

Gilmore, now 71, was sentenced last January to a year and a day in prison.

Should his new appeal fail, he’ll be left with no legal options other than to petition the U.S. Supreme Court.

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