Bencivengo's defense rests
By Matthew Arco | November 15th, 2012 - 1:10pm
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TRENTON – Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo will not take the stand in his criminal trial.

The mayor’s defense attorney, Jerome Ballarotto, called his last witness to the stand shortly before noon Thursday. Ballarotto indicated on Wednesday that Bencivengo, and possibly his estranged wife, could take the witness stand today during the mayor’s criminal case.

Judge Anne Thompson is expected to read to jurors the charges filed against the embattled mayor later this afternoon.

Jurors are then expected to return to court Monday to hear closing arguments before they go into deliberations.

Earlier trial coverage:

Former township official testifies that money woes led mayor to ask insurance broker for cash

FBI agent: Bencivengo looked 'shocked' when authorities played secret tapes

Day two of Bencivengo trial underway

Prosecutors hit play on Hamilton mayor recordings, Bencivengo says he 'can't get caught up' on bills

Star witness in Bencivengo trial: I dontated 'way more' than legal limit to local campaigns

Opening arguments made in Bencivengo trial

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Quote of the Day

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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