NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The jury in the corruption trial of New York City councilman Larry Seabrook has hit a wall.
WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case
Their deadlock began on day on day one of deliberations (today being day two) when jurors told the judge they could not reach a verdict on count 1, which charges Seabrook with accepting thousands of dollars in illegal payments from a Bronx businessman to arrange a boiler contract for the new Yankee Stadium.
The judge told jurors to keep working.
Then half way through this second day of deliberations, jurors notified the judge that they’d taken sides and that neither side was able to move the other toward a verdict on any of the twelve counts. Judge Robert Paterson told them it’s not surprising that they haven’t been able to reach a verdict because they haven’t spent enough time at it – the case took a month at trial.
Then after sending the jurors trudging back to the jury room, they sent out another note. This one asked for twelve cups of coffee. That was a good sign. They agreed on something.
Evidence at the corruption trial included a mundane $5.55 receipt from McDonald’s for a burger and a medium Sprite. A receipt from Dunkin’ Donuts showed a charge for an unremarkable $2.50.
But the one from a deli near City Hall for a Snapple and a bagel sandwich is harder to digest. The total: $177.64.
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