Closing arguments given at ex-NJ lawmaker's trial
(AP) - After deliberating for about 90 minutes onMonday, a jury considering the corruption case against a former NewJersey lawmaker has gone home without reaching a quick verdict.
Former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt is accused of accepting$10,000 from an FBI informant who posed as a developer.
Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers both gave their closingarguments Monday.
Earlier in the trial informant Solomon Dwek testified for threedays.
The prosecution is arguing Van Pelt promised to use his positionto help Dwek win development approvals.
Van Pelt, who was on the Waretown council and redevelopmentboard at the time, testified the money was a consulting retainerfee. He left both posts a week after taking the money, testifyingthat he intended to begin a consulting business. Related Stories:
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