Norman Seabrook

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Jury To Be Selected In Bribery Retrial Of Former NYC Jail Guard Union Boss

August 01, 2018 - 11:38 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Jury selection is getting underway in the bribery retrial of New York City's former jail guard union boss.
A jury deadlocked last year in the first trial of Norman Seabrook. 
The 58-year-old was arrested in 2016 on conspiracy and fraud charges. Prosecutors say he accepted $60,000 in bribes in a $1,000 Ferragamo handbag to steer $20 million in union funds to a hedge fund.
His lawyers say he never took bribes and most of his cash resulted from gambling winnings.
Earning up to $300,000 annually, Seabrook led the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association.

In his powerful post, he was beloved by guards, feared by jail administrators and was approached delicately by city politicians.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)