Lawyers ready to wrap up Safavian retrial

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former Bush administration official has decided not to testify during his second corruption trial in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

David Safavian, whose 2006 conviction was overturned, is accused of lying about his relationship with Abramoff and about his participation in the lobbyist's now-notorious 2002 golf junket to Scotland.

Safavian testified in his own defense in his first trial and was convicted. This time, he decided against taking the witness stand.

Lawyers began closing arguments shortly before noon. The jury is expected to start deliberating later on this week.

Safavian is the former chief of staff for the General Services Administration, a government housekeeping agency.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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