Jury weighing whether candidate’s father broke federal law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A jury in Kentucky is deliberating whether the father of Alison Lundergan Grimes broke federal law by funneling corporate contributions into her challenge of Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The case went to the jury Thursday following closing arguments in the monthlong trial.

Prosecutors claim Democratic stalwart Jerry Lundergan schemed to subvert federal election rules to benefit his daughter’s campaign.

Lundergan’s attorney, J. Guthrie True, says prosecutors failed to show any evidence of criminal intent.

Co-defendant Dale Emmons is accused of joining Lundergan in a conspiracy to direct illegal contributions to Grimes’ Senate campaign. Emmons is a veteran Democratic consultant. Both men could face lengthy prison sentences if convicted.

Grimes is in her second term as Kentucky’s secretary of state. She was defeated by McConnell, now the Senate majority leader, in 2014.

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