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Closing arguments begin in robocalls trial

Closing arguments have begun in the trial of a political aide for former Gov. Robert Ehrlich who is accused of trying to suppress the black vote during last year’s gubernatorial election.

Paul Schurick testified in his own defense in Baltimore on Friday. He said campaign consultant Julius Henson presented a black voter suppression strategy during a July 2010 meeting and he dismissed the suggestion. However, Schurick also testified that he later approved the script for a pre-recorded, automated telephone call sent late in the afternoon on Election Day to about 110,000 Democratic voters. The call assured voters Gov. Martin O’Malley had already won.

Jurors could receive the case later Monday afternoon.

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