By JOHN MCLOUGHLIN
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- After five days of deliberations with no verdict, many courtroom observers are questioning whether the Joe Bruno corruption trial might end in a hung jury and a mistrial.
On Thursday, the jury asked for a re-read of the entire testimony of Francis "Tim" Collins, Bruno's former Senate counsel who is now a judge. Collins was one of the earliest of more than seventy witnesses and he told the court that he had very sketchy information about Bruno's outside business dealings when the former Senate Majority Leader asked him to render an ethics opinion on those dealings. However, Collins told defense attorneys that Bruno never asked him to hide any information about his business or to do anything wrong.
On Tuesday, the jury had informed Judge Gary Sharpe that it had reached a verdict on two counts, but was deadlocked on six of the counts against Bruno.
Perhaps a sign that the lengthy deliberations may be taking their toll on reporters covering the trial: A reporter actually asked Bruno, as he left court, his opinion on Tiger Woods' troubles.
Laughing, Bruno said there was no way he would comment and, true to form, Bruno, an avid golfer, then commented, saying if he were Woods' wife, he would have used something other than a wedge in going after the links superstar.
Day six of deliberations begins Friday morning at 8:30am.