Deliberations continue in Sharpe James trial

April 14, 2008 7:07:34 AM PDT
The jury in the corruption trial of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James is working on its fourth day of its deliberations.The 12 jurors have spent more than 16 hours considering charges that James abused his office by steering discounted city land to a one-time mistress, Tamika Riley, who is also on trial.

Jurors got the case last week after hearing five weeks of testimony, although neither James nor Riley took the stand.

James' lawyer maintains that no evidence links the former mayor to land deals that prosecutors say made big profits for Riley.

Riley's lawyer told jurors that she got no special treatment because of her relationship with the mayor and that her real estate lawyers failed her.