Deliberations continue in trial of 2 ex-aides to Ron Paul

AP News
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 7:23 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have told a federal judge they're stuck in deliberations in the trial of two aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign who are accused of making secret payments to a state lawmaker.

The jury deliberated for several hours Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, in the trial of Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari. They will resume deliberations Thursday morning.

Benton faces one count of making false statements. Kesari faces five charges including conspiracy and obstruction. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Jurors told U.S. District Judge John Jarvey in a note that they could not reach a unanimous decision on three counts. Jarvey asked them to continue deliberating.

Prosecutors say the men concealed payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson for his endorsement of Paul. Defense attorneys have questioned Sorenson's credibility.