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Percoco jury deadlocks, told to keep going

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Joseph Percoco (center), Gov, Andrew Cuomo's former executive deputy secretary.

The jury is deadlocked in the federal corruption trial of Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The judge in the case is telling jurors they have to keep deliberating.

The jurors in the bribery trial of Percoco and three other defendants, now in its seventh week, told the judge Tuesday that they are deadlocked and that the only thing they can agree on is that they disagree.

“We have some very fundamental differences and nobody wants to compromise our own beliefs and/or process,” one juror’s note reads.

With a second major winter storm in less than a week forecast for Wednesday, three jurors begged to quit, saying they were physically and emotionally drained and could no longer continue.

The jury has deliberated a total of around 20 hours since they were given the case on March 1.

Cuomo, who has said he won’t comment on the trial until it’s over, was asked about the deadlock during a storm briefing conference call.

“On the Percoco trial, that will be a matter for the judge to handle,” Cuomo said.    

Judge Valerie Caproni gave jurors the day off Wednesday, but told them that they would have to try again Thursday and continue deliberating.