Bob Menendez juror replaced, predicts 'hung jury'

  • Bob Menendez juror replaced, predicts 'hung jury'

Bob Menendez juror replaced, predicts 'hung jury'

Jurors haven't reached a verdict after their second full day of deliberations in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the jury is split and not close to a decision, said a juror who was excused from the panel, the Wall Street Journal reports. Bob Menendez on Thursday said most of the jurors favor acquittal and that she would have cast a not-guilty vote for the New Jersey Democrat on all counts. If an alternate takes her place, deliberations will start from scratch. Alternates sit with the rest of the jury during the trial and hear all evidence and testimony but do not participate in deliberations. But she was adamant that prosecutors had not convinced her that the senator had done anything illegal. "I gave him my feelings about what was going on in the jury room".

"The word I picked up on is that people think Menendez is being "railroaded, '" he said". "(Prosecutors) just didn't show me enough, and I just wish I wasn't going on vacation - I would've been fighting in that jury room".

Arroyo-Maultsby had longstanding vacation plans that Judge William Walls had agreed to honor and was dismissed as the jury ended 16 hours of deliberations this week without reaching a verdict.

"They are friends", Arroyo-Maultsby said. That they were, to me, railroading him.

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.

Remarks from a juror excused in the middle of deliberations in Sen.

Menendez is accused of engaging in a corrupt bargain with Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

Both men say there was no bribery arrangement.

"What I saw in the courtroom was he was not guilty on all counts and so was Dr. Melgen", the departing juror said.

Arroyo-Maultsby said that several other jurors had tried dissuade her from writing to Walls during deliberations about how they were deadlocked on some counts, but she ultimately chose to write him anyway.

Menendez told reporters that he understands the jury has "a lot to go through" in their deliberations.

The jury is considering a total of 18 counts - both men are charged with conspiracy, violating the Travel Act, three counts of honest services fraud and six counts of bribery. On Tuesday, a juror asked for a portion of Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell's closing arguments in which he discussed the "definition of a senator".

So far, jurors have asked one question of the court.

"The jury has families, children, jobs", Menendez said on his way into the federal courthouse in Newark on Thursday, perhaps a reference to the fact that the jury has asked two days in a row to stop deliberating before their scheduled 4:30 p.m. end time.