Judge to jury in trial of Gov. Cuomo's ex-aide: Keep trying

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Joseph Percoco arrives at Federal Court, in New York. Jurors in the bribery trial of Percoco, a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, may begin deliberations as early as next week. The government rested its case Thursday, Feb. 22, in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The jury foreman at the bribery trial of a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo says jurors can only agree that they disagree.

The message was delivered Tuesday in a series of notes at the trial of Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. The judge instructed the jurors to try again.

Several panelists also were trying to be relieved from jury duty. That issue was not immediately addressed.

The trial is in its sixth week.

Prosecutors say Percoco accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from the businessmen, who needed help from the state. Percoco and the businessmen have maintained their innocence.

The Democratic governor has not been accused of wrongdoing.

Jurors had seemed relatively quiet before their fourth day of deliberations began Tuesday.

AP-WF-03-06-18 1854GMT

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