Verdict expected in case involving Ariz. lawmaker

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CHANDLER -- A verdict is expected for a prominent Arizona legislator facing misdemeanor changes stemming from the removal of a 2008 campaign sign targeting him.

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Verdict expected today in Huppenthal case - A verdict is expected for a prominent Arizona legislator facing misdemeanor changes stemming from the removal of a 2008 campaign sign targeting him.

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A temporary justice of the peace for a Maricopa County court in Chandler told lawyers in the case involving Republican Sen. John Huppenthal of Chandler that he will issue a verdict late Tuesday afternoon.

Huppenthal faces charges of theft and tampering with a political sign.

Huppenthal testified that an apartment complex manager authorized him to remove the sign. A Democratic activist testified that Huppenthal removed the sign despite her protests.

If convicted, Huppenthal could face jail time, a fine or both.

Huppenthal may run for state superintendent of public instruction.

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