Seabrook jury to judge: Help!

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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.


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