- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the trial of the former head of New York City’s jail guard union (all times local):

5 p.m.

A former union official who was once thought of as the king of New York City’s jails may be headed to federal prison.

A jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted Norman Seabrook of honest services wire fraud and conspiracy.

For two decades, Seabrook was head of the union that represents the city’s corrections officers.



Some wardens said his control over the jails rivaled their own.

Seabrook denied charges that he accepted a $60,000 bribe in exchange for investing millions of union dollars in a hedge fund.

His first trial ended in a deadlocked jury.

Jury deliberations in his retrial began Tuesday.

Jurors initially delivered a split verdict, telling the judge they were deadlocked on the conspiracy charge.

But they came back with a guilty verdict on that count later Wednesday.

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3:45 a.m.

The former union boss at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has been convicted of corruption.

A federal jury in Manhattan on Wednesday found Norman Seabrook guilty of honest services wire fraud. The judge is expected to ask the jurors to continue deliberating on a conspiracy charge.

Seabrook maintains he is innocent of charges he accepted $60,000 in bribes in exchange for funneling millions of dollars in union pension money to a hedge fund.

For two decades, Seabrook was head of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association and was a powerful figure in political circles.

Some wardens said his control over the troubled jail rivaled their own.

His first trial ended in a deadlocked jury.

Jury deliberations began Tuesday.

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