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ATLANTA — A lawyer for one of three people charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from The Coca-Cola Co. asked a judge Friday to throw out evidence from wiretapped phone calls involving her client. Ibrahim Dimson’s lawyer, Anna Blitz, said in papers filed in federal court in Atlanta that the government illegally monitored her client’s calls. Dimson, Joya Williams and Edmund Duhaney were indicted July 11 on a federal conspiracy charge that accuses them of stealing new product samples and confidential documents from Coke and trying to sell them to PepsiCo Inc. The alleged crime was foiled after Pepsi warned Coca-Cola. The three have pleaded not guilty. The government says it has numerous recordings of conversations between the defendants, who have been ordered to provide voice samples to allow the government to try to match them. Blitz said the government needed to show that “a wiretap is necessary and that other investigative techniques have been tried and failed.” Blitz said she might provide more specific allegations in an updated motion after she has had a chance to listen to recordings of the calls involving Dimson. There were no immediate responses filed by prosecutors, and no decisions made by the court. No trial date has been set. In a separate filing, Blitz said a judge should order prosecutors to identify the trade secrets they believe Dimson conspired to steal. The prosecution says a box containing two undisclosed Coca-Cola product samples and other confidential company documents was found in Duhaney’s home during a search on July 5, the day all three were arrested and the same day a $1.5 million transaction was to occur. Coke has declined to say what product or products the samples relate to. Williams, who has since been fired as an administrative assistant for Coke’s global brand director at its Atlanta headquarters, allegedly took the information from the company and gave it to Dimson and Duhaney.

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