The jury weighing bribery charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.) told the jury on Monday to continue deliberating after the jurors said they are deadlocked on whether to convict the senator.
On the afternoon of Monday, November 13th, the jurors sent the judge a note saying that they "can't reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges". "Is there any additional guidance?" The judge ordered them to go home, "clear their heads" and continue deliberating Tuesday morning.
One female juror was excused last week because of a prearranged vacation.
The juror told reporters she and others were in favor of acquittal but she expected a hung jury. Bob Menendez has deadlocked, but the judge is still pushing for a verdict.
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The deliberations were supposed to start from scratch once the alternate juror was seated, but instead, the jury seemed to zoom back into the logjam described by Arroyo-Maultsby. The only question remaining is how many more days the judge will demand jurors deliberate before he throws in the towel and declares a mistrial.
"What I saw in the courtroom was that he was not guilty of all counts; so was Dr. Melgen", Arroyo-Maultsby said on Thursday following her dismissal. Prosecutors say the senator took gifts such as a luxury hotel stay, private flights and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Melgen and in return Menendez acted as the doctor's "personal senator", advocating on his behalf on various government matters.
The panel heard nine weeks of testimony before beginning its deliberations last week.