In eighth week of Joseph Percoco trial, jurors still deadlocked

(WTEN) – Jurors in the trial for former top Gov. Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco say that they can’t reach a verdict.

Judge Valerie Caproni has denied a motion for a mistrial, instructing the jury to get back to work- noting that counting the hours, they’ve only been deliberating for three and a half days.

The Percoco trial is now in its eighth week.

Monday marked the second time in seven days that a note has indicated a deadlocked jury.

“After considering the facts and the evidence with open minds, and using your instructions as a road map, we remain unable to reach a verdict,” jurors wrote to the judge an hour into Monday’s deliberations.

The jury has been deliberating whether Percoco is guilty of taking more than $300,000 in bribes from his three co-defendants – executives with business before the state.

Prosecutors argue the co-defendants funneled checks to Percoco through middle men, like former lobbyist Todd Howe, a government witness who pleaded guilty for his involvements in the alleged schemes.

Judge Caproni indicates she doesn’t plan to charge the jury a first time. Another note like this one could lead to a mistrial. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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