Percoco bribery trial deliberations to begin

Feb 23, 2018

Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as next week.

The government rested its case Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. Lawyers for the defendants told Judge Valerie Caproni they will be finished presenting witnesses sometime Monday if the defendants do not testify.

The judge said that would enable closing arguments to take place Tuesday and Wednesday. Jurors could then begin deliberations.

Defense lawyers also asked the judge to conclude the evidence presented by prosecutors was insufficient to result in a conviction. She did not rule.

Prosecutors say Percoco accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from the businessmen to treat them favorably. Defense lawyers say there were no bribes.