WASHINGTON - The government's conspiracy case against Lance Wilson was "trumped up" and was really aimed at pressuring the former PaineWebber Inc. broker and HUD aide to testify against his former boss, Housing Secretary Samuel Pierce, Wilson's attorney charged yesterday.

"Wilson should never have been indicted in the first place. This was nothing but a witch hunt," said Theodore V. Wells of the New Jersey law firm Lowenstein, Sandler, Kohl. Fisher & Boylan. Wells made his remarks in an interview after he and other defense attorneys presented their closing arguments in the 12-week trial before the U.S. District Court here. Jury deliberations are expected to begin this week.

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