Jury reaches verdict in Yassine brothers trial

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by ANDY PIERROTTI / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on October 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 5:27 PM

AUSTIN -- The jury in the Yassine money laundering trial has reached a verdict.

Brothers Mike, Steve, and Hadi Yassine are accused of using their nine downtown nightclubs as a front. Federal agents raided those clubs back in March after months of paying the Yassines' cousin, "Mo" to record their conversations.

Friday afternoon Mike and Hadi were found guilty on all counts of money laundering. Mike had been charged with four counts; Hadi was charged with three.

Steve Yassine was found not guilty on a single count.

The Yassines' defense attorneys were not happy.

"I do not trust my government," said David Botsford, Mike Yassine's attorney. "This was an abysmal process…the government creating crime that none existed. I'm appalled and embarrassed to be an American based on this kind of conduct. There's no way they should get a family member to create crime by getting them, begging, pleading to them to do something and it's really quite unfortunate."

Cameras are not allowed in federal courtrooms, but KVUE's reporter at the scene says family and friends of the Yassine's were upset and crying after hearing the verdict.

Jurors took two days to reach their verdict after listening to six and a half hours of audio recordings during the trial. 

A sentencing date for Mike and Hadi Yassine has not been set. They could face up to 20 years in prison for each guilty count.

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