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Juror illness delays corruption trial

Because of a juror's illness Thursday, the corruption trial involving three former government officials in Nassau County has been postponed until next week.

Prosecutors are scheduled to continue their closing arguments Monday.

On trial are former Nassau lawmakers Roger Corbin of Westbury and Patrick Williams of Uniondale, and Neville Mullings of Westbury, the former executive director of the town's Community Development Agency.

They were indicted in July 2010 on charges of conspiracy and grand larceny, accused of steering work to developer Ranjan Batheja in exchange for $400,000 in bribes.

All charges were dismissed last week against a fourth defendant, former North Hempstead building Commissioner David Wasserman.

Another juror, who was to begin a job next week, was discharged and replaced with an alternate Tuesday afternoon. Scott Collier, 24, of Levittown, said afterward, "It's tough to say which way I would swing."

Asked what he thought of Batheja, who admitted to lying twice to the jury in his testimony, Collier said: "I really disliked that guy."

One alternate juror remains.

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