Gov. Fife Symington took the witness stand Thursday in his own defense, repeatedly denying allegations that he ripped off creditors in his former career as a real estate developer.
After calling only four other witnesses, the defense in his federal fraud trial capped its case by putting Symington on the stand in hopes of saving his political career.
After introducing himself to the jury, Symington narrated a videotape showing various projects he developed in the Phoenix area. Defense attorney John Dowd then went through a list of questions about the heart of the prosecution case.
"Did you try to fool any of your lenders?" Dowd asked.
"I certainly did not," Symington said.
Symington repeatedly answered, "I did not" as Dowd asked other questions centered on whether the governor misrepresented his net worth to obtain millions of dollars in loans and put off creditors.