Mistrial declared in ex-jail guard union boss bribery case

AP News
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 4:31 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the New York bribery trial of the former head of the nation's largest municipal jail guard union.

Jurors in the federal trial of Norman Seabrook sent a note to the judge Thursday saying they were no closer to reaching a unanimous verdict than they were Tuesday, when they said they were deadlocked.

The 57-year-old Seabrook is accused of paying $60,000 in bribes to steer $20 million in union money to a hedge fund.

The government's chief witness told jurors Seabrook was promised between $100,000 and $150,000 annually for investing in the hedge fund.

Seabrook's lawyer says he acted honorably and legally — and portrayed the star prosecution witness as a liar.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim says he looks forward to a retrial.