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Azano Case Goes To Jurors

Azano Case Goes To Jurors

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Amita Sharma, investigative reporter, KPBS

Transcript

The illegal campaign finance case of José Susumo Azano Matsura is now in the hands of a jury. The Mexican businessman is charged with illegally giving money to San Diego candidates in the 2012 mayoral race.

The illegal campaign finance case of José Susumo Azano Matsura is now in the hands of a jury.

The Mexican businessman is charged with illegally giving money to San Diego candidates in the 2012 mayoral race.

Azano is a Mexican citizen without a green card. Foreign nationals are prohibited from donating to U.S. political campaigns.

In closing arguments Wednesday, Azano’s attorney criticized the prosecution for failing to call retired San Diego Police detective Ernie Encinas to the stand.

According to the government, Encinas was a key conduit between Azano and then mayoral candidates Bob Filner and San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Azano’s attorney said Encinas’ absence should cast “reasonable doubt” on the government’s case.

But the prosecution pointed out that the defense could have called Encinas to testify, if they believed he could have helped their case.

No word on when the jury might come back with a verdict.

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Amita Sharma
Investigative Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs an investigative reporter for KPBS, I've helped expose political scandals and dug into intractable issues like sex trafficking. I've raised tough questions about how government treats foster kids. I've spotlighted the problem of pollution in poor neighborhoods. And I've chronicled corporate mistakes and how the public sometimes ends up paying for them.

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