Still No Verdict in Sheldon Silver Trial as Jury Heads Home for Thanksgiving


There’s no place like home for the holidays, and that’s where jurors in ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption trial went this afternoon—without delivering a verdict or, in one case, obtaining a meeting with Judge Valerie Caproni.

The jury asked to leave by noon in honor of Thanksgiving, a request Judge Caproni granted. She was not so receptive, however, to a request for a meeting from one of the jurors, who wrote a letter yesterday saying she was feeling “pressured” and “very, very uncomfortable” in deliberations because her opinions differed from the others deciding if Mr. Silver engaged in illegal activity.

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Judge Caproni said there was no precedent for a judge to allow such a private meeting, and warned it could compromise the integrity of the proceedings.

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