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The jury in the federal corruption trial of Councilman Larry Seabrook has completed their third full day of deliberations and will resume Wednesday.
Jurors asked for roughly 1,000 pages of mostly government exhibits and a calculator on Tuesday, a day after they told a judge they were unable to reach an agreement on any of the dozen counts the embattled politician is facing.
Judge Robert Patterson asked Seabrook's defense team to be more mindful of the comments they make to the the press while the jury continues to deliberate. The warning came came in response to a letter from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara taking issue with published comments made by Seabrook lawyer Anthony Ricco after the conclusion of Monday's deliberations.
Ricco told reporters that a note from jurors to the judge on Monday describing their inability to reach agreement on any of the dozen counts was evidence the jury had not accepted the government's theory of the case.
U.S. Attorney Bharara wrote Patterson that Ricco's comments could taint the jury's deliberations. The judge instructs the jury every day not to follow accounts of the trial in the media.
Tuesday was the third full day of deliberations.