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Jurors Say They Have Trouble Agreeing In Deliberations At Ed Mangano Trial

May 21, 2018 - 1:41 pm
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Jury deliberations ended for a second day with no verdict Monday in the corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, it appeared that the jurors were having problems coming to an agreement.

Right before 5 p.m., the jury sent a note to the judge saying, “We cannot come to an agreement on certain items.” The judge then talked to the attorneys, and jurors were told it had been a long day, and they should get a good night’s sleep and any issues would be discussed in the morning.

Jurors appeared to focus on Mangano and his possible involvement in the county contracts that were given to the prosecution’s star witness, restaurant owner Harendra Singh.

Jurors wanted to be read the testimony from two key county workers dealing with the contracts.

Mangano is accused of receiving elaborate gifts from Singh, including luxury vacations, an expensive watch, and a $100,000-a-year no-show job for Mangano’s wife, Linda.

In exchange, Singh received county contracts and $20 million in guaranteed loans, prosecutors alleged.

Defense attorneys compared Singh to Pinocchio and said he lied on the stand to get a deal with the prosecutors. They claim the real reason Singh gave Mangano anything was because the two were great friends.