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Opening statements begin in second robocalls trial

Maryland’s state prosecutor says he will explain during the robocalls election fraud trial that a campaign consultant was aiming to suppress black voter turnout in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Emmet Davitt told a Baltimore jury Tuesday that they’ll hear from Julius Henson’s assistant, who said there should not be an authority line on the election day robocall. Henson was working former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich during his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The calls told supporters of O’Malley and President Barack Obama to relax because they had won. Henson has said he did not believe the calls were illegal and were not meant to suppress the vote.

Ehrlich aide Paul Schurick has been convicted on similar charges and was sentenced to home detention and community service.

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