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Judge tells jurors in trial of Cuomo aide to keep trying

Joseph Percoco, a former aide and confidant to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, arrives for jury selection in his trial, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The judge at the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told jurors to keep trying after they again reported that they're unable to reach a verdict.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 1:21 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The judge at the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told jurors to keep trying after they again reported that they're unable to reach a verdict.

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The jurors wrote in a note Monday that they'd struck out after considering "the facts and the evidence with open minds." They had also said last Tuesday that they were divided with no hope of a consensus in the six-week trial of Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.

Prosecutors say Percoco accepted over $300,000 in bribes, most of it in the form of a job for his wife. The government also alleged he accepted $35,000 in cash.

Defense attorneys said there were no bribes.

The Democratic governor is not accused of wrongdoing.

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