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Jurors convict Suarez of only one charge in federal campaign finance trial

CLEVELAND: Ben Suarez was staying at a Cleveland hotel when he got the call Monday that jurors had reached their decision at his federal trial.

He quietly entered the courtroom, dressed in a dark business suit, shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. He was with his wife, Nancy, one of his two daughters, several grandchildren, a boyhood friend and another family friend who is in her 80s.

They all sat closely together in the first two rows of the gallery directly behind the defense table. Suarez had his back turned, facing the bench and made no visible reaction when a succession of not guilty findings began moments later.

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