BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Taking the stand in his own defense, the man at the center of the Election Day robocall scandal says he didn’t break any laws by authorizing the calls.

Derek Valcourt has more on what Paul Schurick is saying.

Schurick took the stand insisting he has nothing to hide and did nothing wrong.

He denies having any intention to suppress African-American voter turnout with the 2010 Election Night robocalls to 112,000 registered Democrats in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County that suggested that there was no need to vote because the Democrats had already been victorious.

“We’re OK. Relax. Everything is fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight,” the robocall said.

Schurick told jurors the robocall was meant to be counter-intuitive, what he termed a wake-up call intended to inspire Republican-leaning African-Americans to rush out to vote for Bob Ehrlich. He said the idea came from campaign consultant Julius Henson saying: “He’s the expert. I paid him $16,000 for good advice. He read me a proposed script. I approved it.”

Schurick also denied telling Henson not to include the required identification line in the robocall saying who it came from. He said he assumed that was something Henson would do.

Closing arguments in the case are set to begin Monday. Deliberations follow soon after.

The defense also called nearly two dozen character witnesses to tell the jury Schurick is an honest man and of high integrity.

Comments (3)
  1. bernard Mc Kernan says:

    A whole host pf politicans have stood up for Schurick at his trial. Ho hum, the one that brought a sneer to my face was that of the former convicted felon Gov. Marvin (Starving) Mandel. Talk about birds of a feather & the pot calling the kettle black.

  2. Mary says:

    This guy is phony…..the plan was intended for Republican leaning voters to be inspired to go out to vote for Bob Ehrlich. That does not make any sense, the calls were made to registered Democrats, not Independent or Republican voters. I hope all of them fry, especially Henson.

  3. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Politicans are like Xmas lights, some don’t work when you plug them in & the ones that do aren’t very bright anyway.

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