ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jurors in the trial of six Minneapolis-area men charged with operating a multistate prostitution ring will hear closing arguments in the case Monday in U.S. District Court here.
None of the six defense attorneys called any witnesses Friday, after Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Marcus rested the prosecution's case following more than two hours of testimony by Minneapolis police Sgt. Andrew Schmidt.
Chief Judge Jean Hamilton denied motions by each defense attorney to dismiss charges against their clients, rejecting the attorneys' claims that the prosecutors had failed to make a case.
The judge dismissed jurors for the weekend.
The six defendants are among 12 members of the Evans family, all from the Minneapolis area, indicted last summer on charges of interstate prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering.
The group is accused of operating a prostitution ring with as many as 50 women and girls in 24 states and Canada. They allegedly operated for 20 years until an investigation started in 1997 by police in suburban Maryland Heights led to the charges.
Six family members and three acquaintances also named in the indictment have pleaded guilty.
Schmidt testified that several false birth certificates presented as prosecution evidence all showed the same time of birth, same physician, same issue date, serial numbers in sequence, and same positioning of the embossed seals on the documents.
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