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Closing Arguments Set In Ex-Donovan Aide’s Trial

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Robert Braddock, Jr., left, outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. His attorney Frank Riccio the Second is at right. The charges relate to Braddock's work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Robert Braddock, Jr., left, outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. His attorney Frank Riccio the Second is at right. The charges relate to Braddock’s work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal court jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments and begin deliberations in the corruption trial of an aide to former Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan.

The prosecution and defense are expected to sum up their cases Tuesday in the New Haven trial of Robert Braddock Jr., who was the finance manager for Donovan’s failed campaign last year for the 5th Congressional District seat. Deliberations could begin in the afternoon.

Braddock has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to violate campaign finance laws, while seven co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Prosecutors say Braddock was part of a scheme that funneled nearly $28,000 to Donovan’s congressional campaign through straw donors in an effort to get the then-speaker to kill legislation aimed at raising taxes on “roll-your-own” tobacco shops.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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