Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Moriarty Trial Gets under Way Today

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Moriarty Trial Gets under Way Today

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A jury of seven men and five women will begin hearing evidence this morning in the case of State of Missouri vs. Judith K. Moriarty.

Moriarty, Missouri's secretary of state, faces misdemeanor charges that she violated state election laws to get her son's name on the ballot in a state House race. If convicted, she could face up to two years in jail and $3,500 in fines. She also could forfeit her office.

Attorneys spent all day Tuesday picking the jury. Cole County Circuit Judge James McHenry then set opening arguments for 8:30 a.m.

Moriarty told reporters that she plans to testify in her own defense. But one of her attorneys, Roger Brown of Jefferson City, stressed that Moriarty has a constitutional right not to take the stand.

In questions to potential jurors, Brown asked whether any would be biased against Moriarty if she remained silent. "Would any of you go into the jury room and say, `I wish she'd have taken the stand?' " Brown asked.

Later, Brown said: "That's not the game plan. …

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