Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Opening Arguments Set to Begin in Ron Paul Inc. Operatives Trial

Jury selection finished Tuesday morning at Des Moines' federal courthouse in the trial for two former Ron Paul campaign operatives accused of illegally paying a former Iowa state senator for an endorsement ahead of the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus, reports the Des Moines Register.

One man, who was dismissed from the jury pool, told the judge, "I don't like politicians, politics or stuff like that." Later he told the judge, "You can't really trust politicians."

Another potential juror was seen by a Des Moines Register journalist having a conversation with Benton in the hallway outside the courtroom during a break shortly after 10:35 a.m. The juror declined to speak with a reporter as he left the courthouse after he was dismissed from the pool. Early in the selection process, the juror had told Chief District Judge John Jarvey that he farms in southeast Iowa and needed to return for the fall harvest.

Opening arguments in the case are expected to begin at 2 p.m. central time.

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