Jurors set to begin deliberations in Medrano trial

CHICAGO — Jurors are set to begin their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a former Chicago alderman who's accused of bribery.

Ambrosio Medrano and two businessmen are accused of paying bribes they were told would be given to a Los Angeles official to secure a lucrative contract.

Medrano's lawyer gave a closing statement Friday, saying the 59-year-old can't be guilty of bribery because he never believed a fictitious public official in an FBI sting was real.

Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberating on Monday.

The case isn't Medrano's first run-in with the law. He spent nearly two years in prison after pleading guilty in 1996 in a federal investigation into payoffs to aldermen and other Chicago-area politicians.