Defense says there was no Bristol Bay bogeyman

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE - The lawyer for a major processor in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit took a final shot at conspiracy charges Thursday, saying: "There was no bogeyman in Bristol Bay.

"There was no conspiracy," Trident Seafoods attorney Jeff Feldman told jurors in closing arguments. "Just the market."

The trial began Feb. 3. Superior Court Judge Peter A. Michalski told jurors they would begin deliberations today.

According to Feldman, much of what attorneys for the 4,500 Bristol Bay fishermen describe as conspiracy was actually evidence of a competitive market.

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