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Mr. DeLay’s attorneys countered that he didn’t commit a crime because no corporate money was sent to Texas candidates. His attorneys told jurors the money swap was legal.

The once powerful but polarizing Houston-area congressman faces up to life in prison if convicted.

ALASKA

Vote-count lawsuit filed in Senate fight

ANCHORAGE | Alaska’s Republican candidate Joe Miller sued Monday to stop the state from using discretion in determining voter intent on write-in ballots cast for rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The Associated Press last week called the race for Mrs. Murkowski, who had a 10,328-vote lead over Mr. Miller. Her total includes 8,159 ballots contested by Miller observers. Excluding those, she had a 2,169-vote lead.

Mrs. Murkowski mounted the write-in campaign after losing to Mr. Miller in the primary.

Mr. Miller’s lawsuit was originally filed in federal court, but a judge ruled a state court should decide the issue.

The judge, however, granted a temporary injunction halting certification of the Senate election, stipulating that Mr. Miller take his case to state court by Monday.

NEW YORK

Rangel supporters urge ‘no’ vote on censure

NEW YORK | Rep. Charles B. Rangel’s supporters in New York’s Harlem want members of Congress to stand by him.

A group of local leaders says Mr. Rangel has worked hard in his decades-long career to support his community. They’re urging other members of the House of Representatives to vote no on a recommendation to censure him.

The Democratic congressman was convicted in an ethics trial by a panel of lawmakers on 11 counts of ethical wrongdoing, including his use of House letterheads and staff to solicit money for a college center named after him. A number of the donors had business before the House Ways and Means Committee while Mr. Rangel served as chairman.

The full House is expected to vote after the Thanksgiving break.

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