Ballot fraud deliberation continues
Deliberations continued today in the ballot fraud case in Troy, after a medical emergency suspended them around noon on Wednesday. Today, jurors made several requests as they continued to comb through all the evidence in this Troy voter fraud case. Our Megan Cruz has the latest.
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TROY, N.Y. – After about six hours of on Day 5 of deliberations, there is still no verdict. A majority of the days have been shortened. On Wednesday, deliberations were cut short because a juror needed medical attention. Judging from several requests made by the jury on Thursday, their indecision might not be because they haven't had enough time to deliberate.
Thursday 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 read back of the forgery definition. Those charges are a combined 103 counts of forgery and criminal possession of forged instruments, both in the second degree.
The jury handed a note to the judge, saying they could not reach a unanimous decision. The judge charged them to continue deliberating for the hour that was left in the day at that point. But at 4 p.m., the jury was sent home empty-handed.
Friday will be Day 6 of deliberations. Jurors will be back in court by 9 a.m., and the judge told them to expect further instructions about their deliberations going forward.