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Mistrial Declared In Mangano Corruption Case

May 31, 2018 - 9:47 am

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A mistrial was declared Thursday in the corruption and bribery trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife.

The mistrial came a day after jury said it was deadlocked. At the time, the judge in the case had told the jury to keep trying and gave the jury the Allen charge, or instruction to try to prevent a hung jury by encouraging the jurors in the minority to reconsider.

But on Thursday, the judge declared a mistrial.

Following the mistrial ruling, Mangano himself expressed raw and true emotion for the first time since the trial began.

"This is an emotionally painful, physically hurtful experience that I don't wish on anyone that doesn't deserve it,” he said. “That's for sure."

Mangano had tears in his eyes as he thanked the jury foreman for his service.

His wife, Linda, was also crying after the ruling.

"You know, that jury, I give them so much credit for sitting there day after day and I'm really just thankful," she said.

Restaurant owner Harendra Singh was the star witness for the prosecution at trial. He testified that he gave Mangano a number of pricey gifts, including a $100,000-a-year no-show job for Mangano's wife, in exchange for county contracts and $20 million in guaranteed loans. 

The jury foreman said he thought the Manganos were not guilty, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

"They were best friends of 30 years. If I'm friends with somebody for 30 years and I'm rich and I want to give my friend a present, to me it's just a gift. A birthday gift. Like how are you going to say that it's a bribe."

Attorneys will be back in court for a status conference on June 28 to set a new trial date.

On Tuesday, one juror faxed in saying she was sick, and 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, prompting the judge to dismiss the jury early on Tuesday.

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.