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Consultant Guilty Of Conspiracy In Robocalls Case

A jury has found a Republican campaign consultant guilty of conspiracy for 2010 robocalls that prosecutors say were aimed at keeping black voters from the polls during Maryland's 2010 gubernatorial election.

The jury considering the case of Julius Henson, who worked for Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's campaign during his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, handed up the verdict Friday after deliberating for three days.

Henson testified that the call was a counterintuitive attempt to motivate voters, and campaign manager Paul Schurick told him it didn't need an authority line, noting that Ehrlich's campaign was paying for the calls.

Last December, a jury found Schurick guilty of election fraud. The sentence included 30 days of home detention and 500 hours of community service.

Henson was acquitted of three other charges.

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