HAMILTON — The jury in the federal corruption trial of Mayor John Bencivengo will begin deliberating tomorrow morning after hearing closing arguments from attorneys on both sides today.
The jury decided to go home and return tomorrow morning after hearing approximately six hours of closing arguments today, the fourth day of the trial.
Bencivengo faces five charges, including extortion, attempted extortion, money laundering and two counts of violating the federal Travel Act, which penalizes the use of interstate travel to commit crimes.
Assistant U.S Attorneys Dustin Chao and Harvey Bartle argued in their closing statements this morning that Bencivengo accepted the bribes in return for promises to influence members of the Hamilton school board to retain a contract with health insurance broker Marliese Ljuba. Read More