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Sheldon Silver juror begged out, but judge said no

Deliberations continue Monday morning in former Assembly speaker's corruption trial

November 30, 2015 09:10AM


From left: Leonard Litwin and Sheldon Silver

A juror at the corruption trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told a judge she’s agitated by the other jurors reactions to her views, and wants to be sent home.

Just two hours into deliberations, a note from the juror, whose name is unknown, wrote “My heart is pounding and my head feels weird. I am so stressed out right now…. I need to leave.”

Behind the story:

Sheldon Silver

The juror said others on the panel had criticized her “opinion/view,” said she wasn’t employing common sense, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said she wouldn’t dismiss the juror.

Prosecutors say Silver illegally earned a total of $5 million over a decade through his shady dealings. He was arrested in January.

The Real Deal compiled a timeline of the accusations against the former speaker earlier this month.

“It seems there is some deliberation going on,” the judge told lawyers, according to the AP. “It’s too early to throw in the towel.”

Deliberations will resume this morning. [AP]Ariel Stulberg