Renzi jury expected to begin deliberations
FILE - In this March 5, 2008 file photo shows Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., right, facing a 35 count indictment, listens to his lead attorney Reid Weingarten after his arraignment, during a news conference at U.S. District Court in Tucson, Ariz. Renzi pleaded not guilty in his initial court appearance. A jury has begun hearing testimony in the trial of former Congressman Rick Renzi in federal court in Tucson. The Arizona Republican is accused of siphoning money from clients of his insurance agency to pay for personal and political expenses. He's also accused of trying to engineer a land swap for personal gain. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
A federal court jury in Tucson is expected to begin deliberations Thursday in the criminal case against former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.
The Arizona Republic reports that attorneys gave closing arguments Wednesday and that the jury is expected to begin deliberations following instructions from the judge.
Renzi is accused of trying to engineer a land exchange to benefit himself and a business partner who is a co-defendant in the case.
Renzi also is accused of looting clients’ premiums from his family insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign and of lying to regulators about it.
A Renzi lawyer told jurors that the prosecution hasn’t proven a case fabricated by FBI agents, while a prosecutor said Renzi used his business and his elected office for corrupt purposes.
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