The government got a boost Monday in its corruption trial against two associates of Comptroller John Liu. The judge appears likely to allow the jury to consider whether former campaign treasurer Jenny Hou is guilty of “conscious avoidance.”
In essence, while Hou may not have known straw donors were being set up, she should've seen what was coming and done more to prevent it.
Hou's lawyer said the move lowers the government's burden of proof.
Lawyers for the other defendant, Oliver Pan, say he was entrapped by a government agent who pushed him to take funds as part of a fake donor scheme.
Closing statements in the trial are expected to begin on Tuesday.