The election fraud trial of long-time political consultant Julius Henson is set for Monday at 2 p.m. in Baltimore Circuit Court.
Henson, 62, of East Baltimore, is accused of election fraud, conspiracy to violation election laws and failure to provide a campaign authority line on an Election Day 2010 robocall he created as a consultant for former Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
The robocall, sent to thousands of voters as Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malleyswept to a re-election victory, was designed to suppress black votes by telling recipients to "relax" and assuring them that O'Malley had been successful even though the polls had not yet closed, prosecutors said. The call was scripted to give the impression it was coming from Democrats, not Republicans.
In December, a Baltimore jury found Paul Schurick, Ehrlich's campaign manager, guilty of fraud and related charges for his role in the robocall, which he admitted he authorized Henson to create.