A seemingly deadlocked and frustrated jury was back at it on Thursday, deliberating over the fate of northern Westchester resident and former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Joseph Percoco after getting a day off due to the winter storm.
Now in its seventh week, the jury is reporting growing increasingly frustrated, as they are unable to reach a consensus regarding Percoco, a South Salem resident who is on trial for allegedly accepting more than $300,000 in bribes to benefit Competitive Power Ventures, an energy company that sought to build the power plant in the Hudson Valley, and COR Development, a real estate developer that received several sizable state projects.
The bribes, which also included $90,000 a year payments to Percoco's wife, were arranged by Todd Howe, another former aide, infamous lobbyist, and close friend of Cuomo, according to court papers. Howe was grilled by the defense team for several days of the trial during cross-examination, leading to his arrest after he violated the terms of an agreement of his plea bargain.
After deliberating for several days, an exasperated jury is reaching its breaking point, according to multiple reports before getting a snow day on Wednesday. On Monday, the jury requested several items that included testimony, invoices and other evidence as the deliberations continue. Several jurors reportedly asked to be dismissed from the jury for various reasons the following day.
The 12-member panel has been deliberating since March 1. The trial began on Jan. 22, and was supposed to last between four and six weeks. A mistrial is possible if the jury remains deadlocked.
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