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Defense Rests In Ron Paul Staffers' Trial

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IOWA PUBLIC RADIO / SARAH BODEN
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The defense rested early Tuesday afternoon in the federal trial of three senior staffers from Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. The jury will hear closing arguments beginning Wednesday morning.

Judge John Jarvey warned jurors that closing arguments would take a full day because this trial is as he put it, “more complicated than a typical” criminal case. The three former Ron Paul staffers are accused of conspiracy by allegedly using a third party to disguise payments to a former state senator in exchange for his endorsement.

Jarvey also told jurors to wait to make up their minds until the completion of closing arguments. Then the jurors must decide what the staffers knew and when they knew it. Deliberations could take days.

This is the second trial in this case. The first trial ended in October in a hung jury.