TROY, N.Y. - Deliberations on the voter fraud trial of former Rensselaer County elections commissioner Edward McDonough continued for a third day Wednesday with still no decision from the jury.
The Rensselaer County jury continued deliberating the fate of McDonough for the fourth day Thursday at 9 a.m.
On Wednesday, the jury asked to see a full report from a handwriting expert who testified at trial. The expert's report had not been allowed as evidence, thought, so the judge refused their request.
Special Prosecutor Trey Smith had presented exhibits of excuses written on absentee ballots, which he says were written by McDonough. But in cross examination, the defense did its best to discredit the handwriting expert, saying too much was left out of his report.
Closing arguments were held Monday before the case was handed to the jury that afternoon. The second trial for McDonough began November 16th.
McDonough is being retried for ballot fraud – accused of forging absentee ballots to help ensure victory in the 2009 Working Families Party primary.
Troy residents testified that they signed blank absentee ballots, never selecting a candidate before handing them over.
The first trial for McDonough and former City Councilman Michael LoPorto ended in a mistrial on March 13th after eight days of jury deliberations and six weeks of testimony, after which the judge ordered two separate trials.
LoPorto was found not guilty of 22 counts of possessing forged absentee ballots in July.
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