Jurors in Manhattan was sent back to work Tuesday after some passed a note saying they were deadlocked in the bribery and corruption trial of Joe Percoco, a longtime aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Around noon, three jurors, in separate notes, asked to be dismissed, saying they could no longer serve.
But the judge ordered deliberations to resume Thursday.
"It's a good sign they're carefully considering the evidence, and it's a good sign that they've picked up on points that we've made, if you can read into the jury notes. More than that, it's hard to tell," Barry Bohrer, Percoco's defense attorney, said outside the courthouse.
Jurors are deciding Percoco's fate on six felony counts related to extortion, bribery, and corruption.
The deadlock came after a six-week trial that shined a light on the underbelly of Albany's political culture.
As a confidant to Cuomo, who once compared him to a brother, Percoco had enormous influence in state government.
Prosecutors said he used that influence to benefit two private companies that paid him more than $300,000-worth of bribes in return. That included a $90,000-a-year job for his wife, Lisa, that involved minimal work.
Defense attorneys tried to argue the entire case rested on unreliable testimony from the government's star witness, Todd Howe. Howe admitted on the stand to a long history of fraud, and was arrested mid-trial when he appeared to admit having violated his cooperation agreement with the government.
The case also fixated on Percoco's use of the word "ziti" in emails with Howe, a term borrowed from "The Sopranos."
The prosecution said it was code for bribe money, while Percoco's attorney said it was just banter among friends, and a distraction from the real issues in the case.
Cuomo is accused of no wrongdoing, but he loomed large over the trial, with several current and former Cuomo officials called to testify.
The trial exposed some questionable practices in his administration, including the intimidation of staffers who tried to leave state government, and the widespread use of private email for state business.
Evidence at trial also showed that Percoco continued to flex his muscle on state matters even after he had supposedly left the government to work on the governor's campaign full-time.