Judge dismisses 2 counts in businessman's trial

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two of 10 criminal counts have been dropped against a northeast Ohio telemarketing millionaire accused of making illegal campaign contributions.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday there was insufficient evidence for a jury to consider obstruction of justice charges against 72-year-old Ben Suarez of North Canton. His trial continues in Cleveland and he still faces eight counts related to campaign donations to two prominent Republican politicians.

The dismissed counts involve a document that prosecutors say Suarez hid from investigators. A former top official for Suarez's company and the government's star witness earlier testified at trial that he'd forgotten about the document when complying with a government subpoena.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to comment. Suarez's attorneys did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.

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