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No verdict in Seabrook case as jury ends first days of deliberations

Norman Seabrook exits a federal courthouse in lower

Norman Seabrook exits a federal courthouse in lower Manhattan during the first day of jury deliberation in his bribery trial, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Credit: Charles Eckert

Jurors in the corruption trial of former New York City jail-union head Norman Seabrook completed their first day of deliberations in Manhattan federal court without a verdict on Wednesday.

After instructions from U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter, the panel deliberated from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with three notes asking for a written copy of the instructions and various bits of evidence from the two-week trial.

Seabrook, 57, once the head of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, is charged with taking a $60,000 bribe to invest union pension and reserve funds with Platinum Partners, a hedge fund founded by co-defendant Murray Huberfeld.

One request from the jury: Transcripts of the testimony and cross examination of Jona Rechnitz, the government informant who testified pursuant to a plea agreement that he delivered the $60,000 bribe in a Ferragamo bag.

Deliberations are scheduled to resume on Thursday.

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