Friday, a key witness was Michael Turner, who was the Jackson FBI office’s top lawyer while Neilson was Oxford’s resident agent. Turner was ultimately responsible for collecting annual confidential financial reports from supervisory employees like Neilson and analyzing whether conflicts of interest or ethics problems existed.

Turner repeatedly insisted that he never gave Neilson verbal permission to be involved with ownership of the building, which the FBI ultimately rented. But he admitted from the stand that he lost his focus on the details in the waning years of his service, which ended in 2008.

Neilson insists Turner gave him the permission, so long as he was a passive, silent partner in Camp&G.

And Turner admitted signing disclosure reports for others, who were responsible for asking questions, if they arose.

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