The Latest: Jurors hearing closing arguments in bridge case

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Posted: Oct 28, 2016 10:17 AM
The Latest: Jurors hearing closing arguments in bridge case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on closing arguments in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Jurors are hearing closing arguments in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

Two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie are charged with closing bridge access lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

The prosecution began Friday by summarizing its case against former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly and former bridge authority executive Bill Baroni.

Jurors were shown a screen displaying Kelly's infamous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email from a month before the September 2013 lane closures.

Kelly and Baroni testified they believed the lane closures were part of a legitimate traffic study conceived by former Port Authority official David Wildstein, who has pleaded guilty.

Wildstein testified both defendants were active participants in the political revenge plot.

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12:20 a.m.

For the second day in a row, jurors in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case will gather on Friday to hear closing arguments.

They were scheduled to hear from attorneys on Thursday, but the judge said an unspecified legal issue had come up. Jurors were told to return on Friday.

Two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie are on trial on charges they closed access lanes for four days in September 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni both claim they thought it was part of a legitimate traffic study conceived by a bridge authority official who has since pleaded guilty.

The most serious charge they face, wire fraud conspiracy, carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

The trial is in its sixth week.