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Seabrook Jury Still Deadlocked in Corruption Trial
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Jurors in the federal corruption trial of City Councilman Larry Seabrook remained deadlocked Thursday, the fifth day of deliberations.
In a note to the judge, jury foreman Frank DeBrino said they remained at an impasse on all 12 counts of corrupt payments, money laundering and fraud against the embattled former Assemblyman and state Senator.
“We the jurors remain deadlocked on all counts," the note read. "Many of the jurors need to return to work Monday due to financial hardship as well as hardships to their employers. We can continue to deliberate through Friday but look to you for what the next step would be.”
Federal prosecutors accused the Councilman — a fixture in Bronx Democratic politics for decades — of selling his influence and taking money for family and friends for years.
Seabrook has adamantly denied the charges against him. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the top charges.