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NEW YORK — Four college basketball assistant coaches charged in a bribery scheme were among seven people who pleaded not guilty during their arraignments this week.
After Chuck Person, 53, of Auburn, pled not guilty on Tuesday, Emanuel “Book” Richardson, 44, of Arizona, Tony Bland, 37, of Southern California and Lamont Evans, 40, of Oklahoma State followed suit on Wednesday.
Rashan Mitchell also pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, while Merl Code and Christian Dawkins did so Wednesday.
Richardson, Bland, Evans, Code and Dawkins have a status conference Nov. 30, while Mitchell and Person have one Dec. 4.
“Today is the first step of the legal process,” Craig Mordock, an attorney for Richardson, told ZAGSBLOG. “Book pled not guilty and remains not guilty. He looks forward to clearing his name.”