FILE- In this June 8, 2016, file photo, Norman Seabrook, center, president of the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, leaves court, in New York. Seabrook's bribery retrial is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, with jury selection. A jury deadlocked in 2017 in his first trial. Seabrook was arrested in 2016 on conspiracy and fraud charges, and prosecutors say he accepted $60,000 in bribes to steer $20 million in union funds to a hedge fund. His lawyer says he never took a bribe. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Jury to be selected in retrial of ex-jail guard union boss

August 01, 2018 - 12:07 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The bribery retrial of New York City's longtime ex-jail guard union boss is set to begin with jury selection.

A jury deadlocked last year in the first trial of Norman Seabrook. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in his retrial on Wednesday.

The 58-year-old was arrested in 2016 on conspiracy and fraud charges.

Prosecutors say he accepted $60,000 in bribes in a $1,000 Ferragamo handbag to steer $20 million in union funds to a hedge fund.

His lawyers say he never took bribes and most of his cash resulted from gambling winnings.

Earning up to $300,000 annually, Seabrook led the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association. In his powerful post, he was beloved by guards, feared by jail administrators and was approached delicately by city politicians.

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