Friday, 17 November, 2017

Jurors Deadlocked In Trial Of NJ Senator Menendez

Menendez jury tells judge they cannot reach a verdict; to come back tomorrow Jurors Deadlocked In Trial Of NJ Senator Menendez
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2017, 06:05

The jury in the trial of Sen.

The jury resumed deliberations earlier Monday with an alternative, following the dismissal of Arroyo-Maultsby.

If the jury is unable to reach a verdict, Walls could declare a mistrial.

Menendez is accused of accepting bribes from co-defendant Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, in exchange for personal favors as part of a corruption scheme, including helping Melgen with a Medicare billing dispute.

Menendez has denied any bribery arrangement. The excused juror subsequently spoke to the press and said she believes the panel will end in a hung jury. "I would've been fighting in that jury room".

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Menendez's defense attorney, Abbe Lowell, urged Walls to engage in a more expansive inquiry regarding reports Arroyo-Maultsby wanted to contact the judge about deliberations last week and felt certain jurors were trying to "run out the clock" on her, knowing she had to leave on a pre-scheduled vacation.

Headed into court Monday, Menendez told reporters that he "wished she hadn't left".

Walls encouraged the jury to put their past experiences behind them and "start fresh" with the new alternate juror.

She said other jurors also want to vote not guilty on some counts, "but I'm the only one that's held out that he's not guilty on every single charge". Walls said the comments have had no effect on the jury and told the attorneys, "She was on your side". Bob Menendez has deadlocked, but the judge is still pushing for a verdict. If that happens, the Department of Justice could refile the charges. The Democrats have 48 seats in the Senate compared to Republicans' 52. If he's cleared of all wrongdoing, or at the very least, able to keep sentencing at bay until after January 16, 2018 - when GOP Gov. Chris Christie leaves office - Republicans would lose any leverage to push for his ouster.

Prosecutors in Menendez case said Melgen had offered up his private jet for the two-term senator's use, showered him with luxury trips and steered more than $750,000 in campaign contributions to entities supporting Menendez.

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