The jury in the federal corruption trial of City Councilman Larry B. Seabrook has once again indicated that it has been unable to reach a verdict on any of the 12 counts, and suggested that it should be discharged no later than Friday.
The apparent stalemate was disclosed in a note sent at 3:41 p.m. on Thursday to Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. of Federal District Court in Manhattan.
“We the jurors remain deadlocked on all counts,” the note read. “Many of the jurors need to return to work Monday due to financial hardships as well as hardships to their employers.
“We can continue to deliberate through Friday, but look to you for what the next step would be,” the note continued.
The note was the third such signal from the jury that reaching a consensus seemed improbable; on Friday, the first full day of deliberations, the jury said that it was at an impasse on the first count, which charged Mr. Seabrook, 60, with accepting thousands of dollars in illegal gratuities from a Bronx businessman. He had helped the businessman obtain a boiler contract for the new Yankee Stadium.
On Monday, jurors sent another note, indicating that the impasse had extended to all 12 counts. Judge Patterson urged the jury to resume deliberations, and since then, the jury has requested numerous exhibits, financial records and transcripts of witness testimony.
It was unclear how the judge would handle this latest jury missive; after a request from Mr. Seabrook’s lawyers, the note was being discussed among the parties in the judge’s robing room.