The jury in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial headed home for the day, without a verdict, after the panel expressed frustrations, once again, that they would be unable to reach a verdict.
Jurors deliberating the fate of Joe Percoco passed a note Monday morning which read, "After considering the facts and the evidence with open minds, and using your instructions as a roadmap, we remain unable to reach a unanimous verdict."
The judge told jurors that the parties involved in the case are "entitled to your continued best efforts."
"We continue to be patient and hopeful, and we'll see what tomorrow brings," Barry Bohrer, Percoco's defense attorney, said to members of the news media outside the courthouse in Manhattan. "It's a hard read when we didn't get any notes today, other than the one indicating that they're having difficulty coming to a decision. So, we'll see what tomorrow brings."
Percoco faces six counts of extortion, bribery, and corruption.
The second deadlock note comes in as many weeks following a six-week trial that shined a light on the underbelly of Albany's political culture.
As a confidant to Gov. Andrew 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 was 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.