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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, left, speaks to reporters outside Central Islip federal court with his attorney, Kevein Keating, right (Long Island Press photo)

A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife, Linda, after nine days of jury deliberations ended in a deadlock.

U.S. Judge Joan Azrack issued the ruling Thursday afternoon following the 12-week-long trial at Central Islip federal court.

The ruling came a week after the jury acquitted their co-defendant, former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, of charges in the same case.

Prosecutors had alleged that Mangano and Venditto award government contracts and loan guarantees, respectively, to Mangano’s former restaurateur friend, Harendra Singh, the star witness in the case. Linda was accused of lying to investigators.

Venditto is still facing criminal charges in Nassau County court. A new trial date will be set for the Manganos.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.