This week, the prosecution rested its criminal case against disgraced Democrat State Auditor Troy Kelley. The Democrat faces 17 indictments of criminal activity, the most serious of which carries a 20-year prison sentence.
According to the News Tribune, as soon as the jury left the courtroom after the prosecution rested, Kelley’s defense attorneys rather desperately petitioned the judge to dismiss the bulk of the case. They claimed that the prosecution’s case contradicted indictment allegations and that a “rational jury couldn’t find Kelley guilty based on what was presented.”
The judge didn’t buy it.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton said, “In the main I am satisfied there’s an abundance of evidence of possession and concealment of stolen property, and I am satisfied there is an abundance of evidence on the money laundering counts.”
Closing arguments in the trial against Kelley could come next week. Of course, that will depend on whether his attorneys are as desperate to drag his case past this year’s candidate filing deadline, as Kelley’s fellow Democrats did when the case first broke.
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