Federal Judge OK's Civil Suit Over Maryland Robo-calls

Monday, Jul 11, 2011  |  Updated 12:58 PM EDT
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Judge OK's Md. Robo-Call Civil Suit

Liz Crenshaw Reports

A federal judge has given the green light to a civil suit over robo-calls that were made to Maryland voters on Election Day in 2010.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake refused to halt the the suit, which seeks $168 million in damages from Julius Henson, a political consultant for former governor Bob Ehrlich

Prosecutors say more than 112,000 robo-calls were made on election day last year, allegedly intended to suppress Democratic voter turnout.

The calls told voters they could "relax" because Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) had already officially defeated Ehrlich.

The calls went out to homes in Baltimore and Prince George's County, both largely Democratic and African-American.

Henson admitted putting together the calls, but said didn't know it was illegal and it wasn't meant to suppress anyone's vote.

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