Updated 03/08/2012 02:21 PM
Jury in ballot fraud trial making requests as deliberations continue
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TROY, N.Y. -- Jurors are making several requests as they deliberate in the Troy ballot fraud trial.
Prosecutors said Rensselaer County Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough and former Troy councilman Michael LoPorto were involved in a plot to file phony absentee ballots in the 2009 Working Families Primary.
This morning, the jury requested more copies of the verdict sheet. They also asked for the definition of the charges against the two defendants, as well as a readback of the forgery definition. Those charges are a combined 103 counts of forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Deliberations were suspended Wednesday after a juror was taken away in an ambulance for a medical issue. That juror was back this morning, and deliberations resumed. Her presence avoided a possible mistrial, in case she needed to be dismissed.
The jurors have six weeks of testimony to review while considering a verdict. Evidence brought before them includes DNA samples and testimony from a handwriting expert.