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Pedro Espada Jr.: judge pressured jurors

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Convicted former NY State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. will be sentenced next week for embezzling money from federally funded healthcare clinics.

Espada Jr., who was convicted last year and faces up to 10 years in prison, is challenging the ruling.

He says the judge illegally entered the jury room and pressured jurors to reach a verdict.

"There was a videotape sent to me. Once we looked at it. We started on a journey for the truth again. About four of five jurors basically told me what went on. They had been deadlocked once but on May 14 they were deadlocked again. In came the judge who told them they had to reach a partial or complete verdict. In 10 minutes the reached the whole conclusion," said Espada Jr.

 

 

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