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Deliberations to begin in robocalls trial

Maryland’s state prosecutor calls the claim of a campaign consultant for Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich that 2010 Election Day robocalls were a counterintuitive attempt to stimulate voter turnout “ridiculous.”

Attorneys presented closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of Julius Henson, who is accused of leaving an authority line off the call that told Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s supporters to “relax” to keep black voters from the polls. Jurors begin deliberating Wednesday afternoon.

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

Henson’s attorney told jurors that prosecutors are playing on their emotions.

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