New Haven—Attorneys for both James Botti and the U.S. government Monday revealed some legal arguments they may use in court once the corruption case goes to trial next month.

A possible defense: Botti is just hyperbolic and bombastic—fancy words that mean he brags a lot. So if he was taped admitting to corrupt acts, it doesn’t mean he actually did them.

That’s what Botti’s attorney, William Dow III, will likely say at trial, according to assistant U.S. attorney Richard Schechter.

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