Arguing among the jurors deliberating on federal corruption trial of former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has escalated to the point where the judge in the case has decided to speak with one of the jurors, court house sources confirm.
Judge Frederic Bloch received a note from the jury on Wednesday saying one of the jurors had already made up their mind and refused to be open to further deliberations, sources said.
After court room actions Wednesday, Espada held an impromptu press availability where he repeated his charge that the criminal prosecution was the result of a political payback by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Espada's vote in Albany to give the Republicans control of the state Senate.
Espada is standing trial in Brooklyn federal court. He's charged with looting around a half million dollars from the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.
With the Associated Press