TROY, N.Y. - Day seven of deliberations and still no decision in the Troy ballot fraud trial.
The jury returned Monday for the seventh day of deliberations in the ballot fraud trial against Troy democratic politicians Edward McDonough and Michael LoPorto.
Monday marked the start of the ninth week the trial has been ongoing in the Rensselaer County Courthouse, including one week of jury selection, and six weeks of testimony. The jury has been deliberating for over a week.
Around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, it appeared something might happen when the jury handed the judge a note. The note said they reached a partial verdict, but have deadlocked on some charges. The judge has asked the jury to remain open minded through this process. He sent the jury back into the room and asked them to deliberate until they reached a full verdict. However they were unable to reach one on Monday.
On Friday, the jury said for a second day in a row they were deadlocked and could not reach a verdict; however the judge rejected a defense motion for a mistrial, insisting the jury has not deliberated long enough.
Former Rensselaer County Commissioner Edward McDonough and former Troy Councilman Michael LoPorto are accused of trying to steer the 2009 Working Family Party with an absentee ballot scheme by forging ballots.
McDonough is charged with 38 counts of 2nd-degree Forgery and 36 counts of 2nd-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. LoPorto faces 29 counts of 2nd-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument charge, a judge dismissed forgery charges against him earlier this month.
Both men face up to seven years in prison if found guilty.
The jury will be back in court at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday to continue deliberations.
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