Jury hearing testimony in ex-congressman's trial
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A jury has begun hearing testimony in the trial of former Congressman Rick Renzi in federal court in Tucson.
The Arizona Republican is accused of siphoning money from clients of his insurance agency to pay for personal and political expenses. He's also accused of trying to engineer a land swap for personal gain.
Testimony in the case began Wednesday after lawyers made opening statements.
According to The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/12gMk4o ), federal prosecutor David Harbach told jurors that Renzi "sold out his office" to benefit himself and co-defendant James Sandlin in the land swap part of the case.
Renzi lawyer Kelly Kramer says the government has it all wrong and that Renzi didn't extort anybody or solicit any bribes.
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