- Associated Press - Friday, March 2, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York jury is quietly going about its deliberations in the bribery case against a former top aide of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The federal jury was in its first full day of deliberations Friday after hearing over a month of evidence against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.

Prosecutors say Percoco solicited over $300,000 in bribes from the businessmen who needed help from the state. A defense lawyer says the 48-year-old Percoco never took a bribe.

The jury deliberated over four hours Thursday without reaching a verdict. It sent out a single note, asking for a definition about the law.

Percoco has been close to the Cuomo family for decades. He was the Democrat’s re-election campaign manager in 2014.



Cuomo is not accused of wrongdoing.

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