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DeLay jurors weigh mostly circumstantial evidence

AUSTIN, Texas — Prosecutors in former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's money laundering trial made a final pitch to jurors Monday to connect the dots among the mounds of circumstantial evidence and find him guilty.

DeLay's attorneys said prosecutors needed jurors to infer DeLay's guilt because they had presented no proof the ex-lawmaker committed a crime.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours after closing arguments without reaching a verdict. They will resume their deliberations today.

Prosecutors had focused on summarizing the volumes of e-mails and other documents they presented during DeLay's three-week trial in an effort to prove DeLay used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate money into 2002 Texas legislative races.

DeLay, a once powerful but polarizing Houston-area congressman, has denied wrongdoing. The Republican is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

DeLay jurors weigh mostly circumstantial evidence 11/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:23pm]
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