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Jury At Roadblock In NJ Mayor’s Corruption Trial

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Sen. Robert Menendez swears-in Anthony Suarez for his second term as Mayor of Ridgefield, NJ.

Sen. Robert Menendez swears-in Anthony Suarez for his second term as Mayor of Ridgefield, NJ. (credit: Borough of Ridgefield)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Jurors in the corruption trial of a New Jersey mayor appear to be going back to square one.

The panel is in its second day of deliberations in the bribery and extortion trial of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and associate Vincent Tabbachino.

On Monday, jurors asked for the entire transcripts of testimony by Suarez, government informant Solomon Dwek and a lawyer who testified for Suarez.

They also wanted to know the legal definition of entrapment.

Suarez and Tabbachino each face two extortion counts and one bribery count. They were among 46 people arrested in last year’s massive federal corruption sting.

Both are accused of accepting money from Dwek, who posed as a corrupt developer seeking help with zoning approvals.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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