Closing arguments underway in robocalls trial

Maryland’s state prosecutor says a campaign consultant for Republican former governor Robert Ehrlich broke the law with election day robocalls in 2010 that were aimed at suppressing black voter turnout.

Closing arguments began Wednesday in the case after more than a week of testimony.

On trial is Julius Henson, a consultant for Ehrlich’s campaign during his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Henson is charged with influencing or attempting to influence a voter’s decision whether to go to the polls through the use of fraud and publishing campaign material without an authority line.

He has testified the call was a counterintuitive attempt to motivate voters, and campaign manager Paul Schurick told him it didn’t need an authority line noting that Ehrlich’s campaign was paying for the calls.