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New York jury set to deliberate in 'Buffalo Billion' case

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York jury is set to begin deliberations in the trial of a former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and three developers charged in an alleged bid rigging scheme involving projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

A judge read instructions on the law to jurors Tuesday after two days of closing arguments in a trial that stemmed from an ambitious upstate New York redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion. Deliberations begin Wednesday.

A lawyer for Buffalo-area developer Louis Ciminielli read excerpts of the government's star witness to jurors to try to prove that his client acted honorably and legally.

Prosecutors say Ciminielli conspired in 2013 with Alain Kaloyeros, then-head of the Polytechnic Institute, to rig bidding for the projects.

Kaloyeros and two developers also pleaded not guilty.

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