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Attorneys file motion to suppress Parker family budget in gambling case

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A new motion has been filed in federal court to suppress evidence in a illegal gambling case involving Jack Parker, the father of convicted murderer Brett Parker. The evidence is a copy of Brett and Tammy Parker's family budget. 

So why is a copy of an 8-page budget so key in this case?

Jack's attorney claims the law has several requirements for a person to face federal gambling charges. Among those, there has to be at least five people involved in the operation, and it has to gross $2,000 on any single day.

Lawyers are trying to prevent the budget from getting into the courtroom to prevent the possibility of prosecutors using the budget to meet those requirements.

In the budget, allegedly written by Tammy Parker herself, the Parkers list out in great detail how they spend their money, showing they were saving for their daughter's future wedding and college. The budgets are from 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. In 2011, there is a line that lists a booking fund for $20,000.

If the evidence is allowed in court, it could link Tammy to four other people, including her husband, who were involved in the gambling operation.

Defense attorneys are trying to argue Jack and Brett were involved in two separate operations, neither of which were sufficient size to get federal attention.

Those attorneys claim these documents are just hearsay, and should be inadmissible in court.

"It is unlikely the attached notes are enough to call Tammy Parker a person who 'conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, or owned' the gambling business. She was simply adding a line on an informal budget for money that may or may not have materialized from Brett Parker's booking business," said the motion.

This motion was filed last Thursday.

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