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Senator Appears in Court on Felony Charge

Gun arrest sidelined Sen. Donne Trotter's desire to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress

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Senator Appears in Court on Felony Charge

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State Sen. Donne Trotter was back in court Thursday, repeating his argument that he didn't know he had a gun in his bag when he tried to pass through security at O'Hare International Airport early last month.

The arresting officer was also on hand to corroborate Trotter's story.

"We're very pleased with the testimony. We thought the testimony was very favorable to us. It was exactly what I expected it to be, and I'm pretty confident we're going to prevail," said Trotter's attorney, Tom Durkin.

Trotter was once considered to be the front-runner in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned as Congressman from Illinois' 2nd District in November, but was sidelined by the arrest and subsequent felony charge.

He dropped out of the race just before the new year.

A trial date was set for March.

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