Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of Democratic Senator Menendez

Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of Democratic Senator Menendez

Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of Democratic Senator Menendez

During arguments in a Newark, New Jersey, courtroom, prosecutors painted 63-year-old Menendez as the "personal senator" to Florida ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

They sent a note to the judge saying, "As of 2 p.m., we can not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges".

Jurors in the bribery trial of United States Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) say they are deadlocked on a decision. Walls said the comments have had no effect on the jury and told the attorneys, "She was on your side".

They then had three full days of deliberations that ended with the dismissal of Arroyo-Maultsby.

"Is there any additional guidance and what do we do now?" the foreman asked the judge in his note.

U.S. District Judge William Walls sent the jurors home for the day and told them to resume their deliberations on Tuesday, Steven Sandberg, a representative for Menendez, said in an email.

She also called Menendez a good man who was "not at all corrupt" but said that all 12 jurors at one point had agreed that he was guilty of one criminal charge: making false statements by failing to disclose gifts on his Senate ethics forms.

Last week, a dismissed member of the jury told reporters she believes the trial will end in a hung jury and that she had planned to vote to acquit. That juror said that she felt the panel was deadlocked - and that she felt strongly that Menendez was not guilty.

"They are lying to you", Melgen's attorney, Kirk Ogrosky, told jurors in closing arguments last week.

If the jury is unable to reach a verdict, Walls could declare a mistrial. "And I want you to come back here tomorrow to continue deliberations", he said.

Aware that things are going his way, Menedez spoke outside the courthouse today thanking the jurors who believe in his innocence and encouraging them to stand strong tomorrow. "There's no way on God's green earth this judge is going to declare a mistrial" when alternate jurors were available to start deliberations anew.

Menendez reciprocated by aiding Melgen's business interests, prosecutors added, including helping him with a Medicare billing dispute and obtaining visas for foreign women described as Melgen's girlfriends.

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