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Deliberations Continue With Alternate After Juror Faxes In Sick At Mangano Trial

May 29, 2018 - 7:53 am

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- There was a shakeup Tuesday when it comes to the jury in the corruption and bribery trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there was some drama in the courtroom as juror number five sent a fax to the judge with a doctor’s note, saying she was sick. She also described a toxic environment of bad language and name-calling during deliberations.

The defense attorneys asked for a mistrial. But after about 20 minutes, the judge instead decided to continue deliberations by excusing juror number five and putting in alternate juror number one.

Then around lunchtime, another juror said they had to leave early because of a doctor’s appointment. Thus, the jury was dismissed at 3 p.m., two hours earlier than they would usually be dismissed.

Jurors will return on Wednesday for an eighth day of deliberations.

This was the seventh day of deliberations at U.S. District Courthouse in Central Islip in the case against Mangano and his wife, Linda.

Linda is accused of lying to the FBI, while her husband is accused of taking pricey bribes in exchange for helping a restaurant owner receive county contracts and $20 million in guaranteed loans.

Jurors acquitted their co-defendant former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto last week. But they said they were split on a verdict against Mangano and his wife, Linda.