Seabrook jury to judge: Help!
A Manhattan federal jury said it was deadlocked in the bribery trial of former correction-union boss Norman Seabrook after four days of deliberations — casting a shadow over the government’s upcoming bribery case against two NYPD cops, which relies on the same key witness.
“We are deadlocked and request your guidance about how to proceed,” the 12-person jury told Judge Andrew Carter just before noon on Tuesday.
The judge instructed the jury to continue deliberating. They were dismissed at 3:30 p.m. without a verdict.
The jury’s difficulty is likely tied to doubts cast on the government’s key witness, de Blasio donor-turned-felon Jona Rech- nitz. He told the jury he delivered a $60,000 bribe to the once-powerful union boss on behalf of hedgefund executive Murray Huberfeld. In exchange, Seabrook allegedly directed $20 million of the union’s funds into Huberfeld’s troubled hedge fund.