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State trooper duped, set up by bookie trying to avoid debt, lawyer says

The lawyer for the Massachusetts State Police trooper ­accused of extortion said in federal court Monday that his client was set up, duped by a longtime bookie who was trying to avoid paying the trooper a debt.

Trooper John M. Analetto thought he had a partnership with the bookie, Robert Russo of Arlington, only to see Russo turn on him, the lawyer told a federal jury, publicly answering the allegations in depth for the first time Monday.

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