Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Jurors Set to Begin Deliberations in the Trial of Ron Paul Inc. Operatives

Jurors are set to begin deliberating on Tuesday in the federal trial of two former Ron Paul presidential campaign staffers accused in a plot to secretly pay $73,000 to a former Iowa state senator for his endorsement, reports the Des Moines Register.

The separate defense teams for former campaign chair Jesse Benton and deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari took less than six hours to present their cases on Monday, following more than three days of testimony from prosecution witnesses. A prosecutor and defense lawyers are expected to make closing arguments on Tuesday morning before jurors begin deliberating.

Benton faces a single charge of lying to FBI agents during interviews in July 2014, while Kesari faces multiple counts, including conspiracy.

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