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Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Paul Schurick is accused of trying to suppress the black vote during last year's gubernatorial election.

Schurick testified in his own defense in Baltimore Friday. He laid the genesis of the alleged plot at the feet of campaign consultant Julius Henson, who presented a black voter suppression strategy during a July 2010 meeting.

Shurick says he dismissed the suggestion. However, Schurick also testified that he later approved the script for a pre-recorded, automated telephone call sent late in the afternoon on Election Day to about 110,000 Democratic voters. The call assured voters Gov. Martin O'Malley had already won. Jurors could receive the case Monday.

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