Jurors at trial of ex-NY Assembly speaker take holiday break

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Posted: Nov 25, 2015 12:21 PM
Jurors at trial of ex-NY Assembly speaker take holiday break

NEW YORK (AP) — Deliberations will resume Monday at the federal corruption trial of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Jurors worked through the morning on Wednesday before adjourning for the long holiday weekend. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni had urged the Manhattan jurors to try to reach a verdict.

On Tuesday, one of the jurors claimed in a note that she was being bullied by other jurors.

The judge also denied a request by the complaining juror to meet with her privately.

Prosecutors accuse Silver of collecting millions of dollars in kickbacks for favors provided to a cancer researcher and real estate developers.

The defense countered that the once-powerful Democrat did not commit a crime.

The 71-year-old lawyer resigned his leadership post after his January arrest but held onto his Assembly seat.