Updated 03/02/2012 08:44 PM
Deliberations to resume Monday in Troy ballot fraud trial
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TROY, N.Y. -- The jury in the Troy ballot fraud trial will resume deliberations on Monday.
Jurors were given the case Friday afternoon, after six weeks of testimony.
Former City Councilman Michael LoPorto's lawyer wrapped up his closing arguments Friday, followed by the attorney for Rensselaer County Democratic Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough.
McDonough's lawyer Brian Premo told jurors that special prosecutor Trey Smith has "failed miserably" in the case.
"This case is built on nothing but rehearsed, fabricated testimony," Premo said. "If that is not the definition of reasonable doubt, I give up."
Both LoPorto and McDonough are the first indicted officials to be tried in this case. They face several counts of forgery and filing false documents after prosecutors said they entered about 50 phony absentee ballots in the 2009 Working Families primary so Democrats could secure that line.
Defense attorneys wanted the charges dismissed, saying there was insufficient evidence to link their clients to the case. The judge denied that motion.