Deliberations continue in Sharpe James trial

April 16, 2008 6:43:58 AM PDT
The jury in the corruption trial of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James had their fifth day of its deliberations with a reading of testimony. The 12 jurors adjourned Monday afternoon during the reading when one of them became ill.

The jury has spent about 22 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.

They got the case last week after hearing five weeks of testimony. 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.