Look for a verdict today in the federal corruption trial of former State Sen. Joseph Coniglio (D-Paramus). Jury selection began on March 23, and yesterday the jury notified the Judge that they have reached a decision on eight of the nine counts of the indictment; they are deadlocked on the final count. After four weeks in court, the jurors will likely want the trial to end and not come back on Monday.
Coniglio received a target letter from federal prosecutors in July 2007, while he was campaigning for re-election to a third term in the State Senate. After news reports that he was the target of a criminal probe, he was forced to drop out of the race. He was indicted in March 2008.
The Bergen County Democrat is accused of steering public funds to the Hackensack University Medical Center, where he had a $5,000-per-month contract as a plumbing consultant.