Former Tribal Governor Trial Latest 

Both are accused of mis-using more than $1.5 million in federal money.

The jury began deliberating late Tuesday afternoon in the case of Robert Newell, the former Indian Township governor, and James Parisi, Junior.

The federal government says the men spent nearly $1,700,000 between 2002 and 2006 for uses not allowed by law.

Newell took the stand in his defense in U.S. District Court in Bangor Monday. He admitted he moved money from one account to another, or approved that action, to meet tribal expenses.

He says he wasn’t trying to break the law.