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“I’m married to this man. He didn’t do nothing,” said the loyal wife of one defendant, as a dozen men who were swept up in a prostitution sting made their case in court.

The alleged johns were the first wave of arrestees caught in a prostitution crackdown initiated by the city’s new police chief on Aug. 15. As they showed up to enter pleas in New Haven Superior Court Friday morning, they gave their own take on a case that has sent their pictures plastered across TV news screens.

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