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Closing Arguments In Stockman Trial To Begin This Morning

Jurors are likely to begin deliberating the case of former Congressman Steve Stockman sometime this afternoon

The case of former Congressman Steve Stockman will go to the jury later today, after 11 days of testimony. Stockman is accused of diverting more than a million dollars in charitable contributions to pay for campaign and personal expenses.

The government will present its closing argument later this morning. The defense will follow, most likely after the jurors break for lunch.

Judge Lee Rosenthal will then give the jury the instructions under which they are to weigh the evidence and reach a verdict on each count of the indictment. These will include reminders that the burden of proof rests with the prosecution, that the defendant has a right not to testify, and that Stockman’s decision not to testify may not be considered evidence of guilt.

Stockman faces 24 criminal counts. They include multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and federal election law violations, as well as one count of tax evasion.

Stockman represented Houston-area districts in Congress from 1995 to 1997 and from 2013 to 2015. The charges against him stem from fundraising activities tied to his 2012 congressional campaign, as well as his unsuccessful 2014 Republican primary challenge to Senator John Cornyn. 

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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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