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Jenrette Abscam case given to the jury

By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Randy Shipp / October 8, 1980


The jury at Rep. John W. Jenrette Jr.'s Abscam trial was asked to weigh his claim that the FBI set a trap for him against the government's argument that he was willing to take a bribe. The case went to the jury after the judge instructed the panel on the law. The South Carolina Democrat is on trial for conspiring to take $100,000 bribe in exchange for sponsoring a private immigration bill for a fictitious Arab sheikh. A defense lawyer urged the jury to acquit Mr. Jenrette of charges, maintaining he was set up by FBI agents who tried to get him to commit a crime by plying him with drinks.

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