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02/22/2018 13:35 EST | Updated 02/22/2018 14:01 EST

Closing arguments in ex-Cuomo aide trial could be next week

NEW YORK — Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) may begin deliberations as early as next week.

The government rested its case Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.

Lawyers for the defendants told Judge Valerie Caproni they will be finished presenting witnesses sometime Monday if the defendants don't testify. The judge said that would enable closing arguments to take place Tuesday and Wednesday. Jurors could then begin deliberations.

Defence lawyers also asked the judge to conclude the evidence presented by prosecutors was insufficient to result in a conviction. She did not rule.

Prosecutors say Percoco accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from the businessmen to treat them favourably. Defence lawyers say there were no bribes.