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November 14, 2012

Prosecutor questions former Lottery chief in Cahill case


Cavanagh is testifying with immunity from prosecution as long as he testifies truthfully, Cavanagh told the court on Tuesday. He is the chief financial officer of the City of Quincy.

During the direct examination of Wednesday’s second witness, Lottery attorney William Egan, O’Brien asked Egan about other statements Cavanagh had made: that Cavanagh had spoken to Egan about the legality of running the ads during Cahill’s gubernatorial run, and that Egan gave him “verbal” approval.

Egan testified that the first he heard of the idea for a $1.8 million “permission” ad campaign was on Aug. 16, 2010, when then-Lottery Marketing Director Diane Anderson approached him with concerns. Egan, who had been at the Lottery since that June after previous jobs at the Treasury and a previous roughly six-year run at the Lottery, said it appeared that Cavanagh had not heard of the ad campaign either.

“My impression is that it was his first time hearing about this,” said Egan, who described Cavanagh’s demeanor during a subsequent conversation about the ad campaign idea as “somewhat short and agitated.”

Egan said he also had concerns and said he had no memory of earlier conversations, prior to Aug. 16, with Cavanagh about the ad campaign.

“I don’t recall that,” Egan testified.

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