Jury Reshuffling Delays Boyland Jr. Verdict

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.

Jury reshuffling has delayed deliberations in Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial.

The group had spent most of today deliberating the case against the Brooklyn lawmaker and could not reach a verdict by 5 p.m. today, extending the trial into tomorrow. Since one of the jurors in the case has a prior scheduled commitment tomorrow, an alternate juror who sat in on the trial will serve as a replacement.

Judge Sandra Townes told Mr. Boyland and federal prosecutors that since the alternate juror did not deliberate with the jury today, the jury must begin the deliberation process “anew” tomorrow. It’s not clear when a verdict in the case will ultimately handed down. 

Mr. Boyland has been charged with 21 crimes accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official. If convicted, the assemblyman faces up to 30 years behind bars.

Mr. Boyland, hounded by reporters as he left a federal court house today in downtown Brooklyn, declined to comment. 

De Blasio Disputes That He’s Been Slow With Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed the notion that he’s dragged his feet in filling his new administration, insisting that very few posts remain vacant.

“I’m not a lawyer …  but I will be on the watch for premises that may not be accurate. A large number of agencies is a debatable point,” said Mr. de Blasio when asked about the criticism at a press conference today announcing three new hires. Continue reading “De Blasio Disputes That He’s Been Slow With Appointments”

Mayor Bloomberg Wants the Law to Stop Interfering With His Plans

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg railed against the court system Friday, blaming lawsuits for railroading his agenda in his final term.

“We’ve got to do something about our court system. Because they just stop everything,” Mr. Bloomberg lamented during his weekly radio interview Friday morning with WOR’s John Gambling.

Mr. Gambling chimed in in agreement: “Everything gets stopped–everything the city does.”

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