BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. used $168,000 in leftover campaign funds to pay for defense attorneys in his aide Paul Schurick’s election fraud trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports the payments were outlined in a campaign finance report filed last week by the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee.

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A Baltimore jury last month convicted Schurick on charges that he authorized a 2010 Election Day automated-call campaign to suppress the African-American vote by falsely suggesting that Gov. Martin O’Malley had already won and voters could stay home.

Ehrlich, a Republican, stood behind Schurick and was called as a character witness at the trial.

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Schurick is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 16.

The use of the money to pay an aide’s legal defense is not clearly addressed in Maryland law.

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