TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal jury has concluded its second day of
deliberations without reaching a verdict in the case against former Arizona
Congressman Rick Renzi.
The jury began deliberating Thursday. They are set to resume Monday morning.
Renzi is accused of trying to engineer a federal land swap for personal
financial gain while in office and of looting clients’ premiums from his family
insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign then lying to regulators
Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona’s sprawling 1st Congressional District
from early 2003 until early 2009. He faces 32 felony counts, including
conspiracy, extortion and money laundering.
Renzi’s lawyer told jurors the prosecution’s case was fabricated by FBI agents,
while a prosecutor said he used his business and his elected office for corrupt
purposes to benefit himself.