TROY, N.Y. – Jury deliberations in the voter fraud case of former Troy City Councilman Michael LoPorto continued Wednesday morning with testimony read-backs from the defendant.
Day one of jury deliberations wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday. LoPorto is on trial for his alleged involvement in a scheme to steal the Working Families party primary in 2009 by possessing forging absentee ballots.
He faces 22 counts of possessing forged absentee ballots and up to seven years behind bars if found guilty.
Closing arguments took place Tuesday morning.
With a lack of DNA and evidence directly linking LoPorto to the crime, Special Prosecutor Trey Smith asked the jury Tuesday to use their common sense and look at witness testimony from two former Troy officials, who are receiving lighter sentences in exchange for their testimony.
As for the LoPorto's defense, attorney Cheryl Coleman told the jury they should be angry with the waste of time and money spent pursuing LoPorto, a well known Troy restaurant owner. Coleman also claimed the prosecution was trying to paint LoPorto as some sort of mafia-style crime figure.
On Monday, LoPorto spent three hours on the stand and two hours in what Special Prosecutor Trey Smith described as "pretty hot and heavy" cross examination.
This is the second trial LoPorto has had to endure. The first trial with former Rensselaer County Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough ended in a mistrial in March.
The jury will return Wednesday morning for a read-back of LoPorto's testimony.