- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Deliberations in the federal corruption trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have resumed after a rocky start.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni urged the Manhattan jury on Wednesday to continue to try to reach a verdict.

Her instructions came after one of the jurors claimed in a note that she was being bullied by other jurors.

The judge also denied a request by the complaining juror to meet with her privately.

Prosecutors accuse Silver of abusing his office for years. They say he collected millions of dollars in kickbacks for favors provided to a cancer researcher and real estate developers.

The defense countered that the once-powerful Democrat did not commit a crime.

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