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Former aide to Gov. Cuomo convicted in bribery case

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been convicted of accepting bribes.

A jury delivered a verdict Tuesday in the trial of Joseph Percoco after deliberating for parts of three weeks.

It convicted Percoco on two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes.

Jurors informed the court twice that they were deadlocked in the case against Percoco and three businessmen accused of bribing him.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni told the jury to keep deliberating.

Percoco was a longtime friend of the governor and the manager of his 2014 re-election campaign.

Defense lawyers said the payments were legitimate fees for consulting work performed when Percoco was out of state government.



NEW YORK (AP) -- Jurors at the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have asked the judge if they could return a verdict on some counts but not others.

They sent out a note Tuesday at the trial of Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. The parties were agreeing on language to read to the jurors.

The jurors have resumed deliberating twice after saying they were deadlocked.

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 say there were no bribes. Cuomo has not been accused of wrongdoing.

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