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Prosecution Rests In Stockman Trial – Defense Expects To Finish Thursday

Former Congressman Steve Stockman faces 24 criminal counts, including multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. It’s still unclear whether Stockman himself will testify.

The trial of former Congressman Steve Stockman is winding down. Stockman is charged with diverting more than a million dollars in charitable contributions to pay for campaign and personal expenses. The prosecution rested its case on Wednesday morning, and the defense plans to call only a handful of witnesses.

Former Stockman aide Jason Posey took the stand for a third day. Under cross examination, Posey admitted the nonprofits through which the money moved listed him in leadership positions. He also said he was the one who wrote the checks. But he insisted in every case he did so at Stockman’s orders. Posey said, “I’m sorry I had the lack of character not to stand up to him and ask why.”

The defense expects to call its final witnesses this morning. Attorneys are still deciding whether to put Stockman on the stand. The two sides will deliver their closing arguments Monday, after which the case goes to the jury.

Stockman represented Houston-area congressional districts from 1995 to 1997 and from 2013 to 2015. He faces 24 criminal counts, including multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and tax evasion.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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