Rep. Tierney's Wife Takes Stand In Brother's Trial

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The wife of a Massachusetts congressman has insisted at her brother's federal racketeering trial that she and her husband didn't know another brother was running an illegal online gambling operation.

Patrice Tierney testified Monday at the trial of Daniel Eremian. She pleaded guilty last year to aiding and abetting false tax returns for Robert Eremian, who remains a fugitive on racketeering charges. She served a month in prison.

Rep. John Tierney hasn't been implicated.

Patrice Tierney said she saw people working on computers during a visit to her brother in Antigua but no gambling. She said she didn't recall a glass wall between the business and a dining room she and her husband visited.

Her lawyer objected on the basis of marital privilege and she didn't answer a direct question if her husband saw the workers.

This program aired on November 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.