• Deliberations to continue Monday in Cahill trial


    BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The jury will continue deliberating the public corruption case against former state treasurer Tim Cahill on Monday.  

    The jury completed three full days of deliberations this week after prosecutors and Cahill's lawyers made their closing arguments on Tuesday.

    Cahill was portrayed at trial as an altruistic public servant who defended the state lottery against an attack and a scheming politician who used $1.5 million in taxpayer-funded advertising for his sinking gubernatorial campaign.

    Prosecutors and Cahill's lawyers left the jury with two vastly different pictures of Cahill and his motivation for approving a lottery ad blitz about a month before the 2010 gubernatorial election.

    Cahill's lawyer, Jeff Denner, said he did it because the lottery had been battered by a series of attack ads the Republican Governors Association ran against Cahill, who ran as an independent.

    But Assistant Attorney General James O'Brien said a string of emails and text messages among Cahill's campaign advisers shows that it was obvious that the campaign considered the lottery ads free political advertising for Cahill, who was also promoting his work as the head of the lottery in separate gubernatorial campaign ads.

    O'Brien mocked Cahill's claim during his testimony that it never crossed his mind that the taxpayer-funded ads promoting the benefits of the state lottery running at the same time as his own campaign ads touting his management of the lottery could promote his gubernatorial campaign.

    Cahill was charged with conspiracy to use his official position to gain an unwarranted privilege and conspiracy to commit procurement fraud.

     The Associated Press contributed to this report

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