Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

Andrew Cummings
November 15, 2017

U.S. District Judge William Walls read a note from the 12 jurors stating they failed to reach a unanimous decision after about 2 hours of deliberation.

Afterward, Walls told them to go home early and clear their heads.

Menendez is also accused of intentionally concealing from the Senate Melgen's gifts by omitting them from his annual disclosure forms. Defense attorneys have sought to show jurors that the two men are longtime friends who exchanged gifts out of friendship.

They say that in exchange for the trips, Menendez helped obtain visas for several of Melgen's girlfriends. They also say Menendez intervened in a dispute between Melgen and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Jurors in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. On Tuesday morning, Walls advised jurors on ways they could try to resolve a deadlock. Melgen is a co-defendant in the trial.

"She did everything but name names", Napolitano said.

Her comments appeared to indicate at least some, and possibly a majority, of the jury believe the defense's central argument: that Menendez's longtime friendship with Melgen explained the gifts.

"Menendez and Christie are opposite sides of the same coin: They both have excelled in the dark darts of New Jersey politics, but they are both, now, at the end of their political careers because voters are exhausted of the swamp", he said.

"This to me is not going to change anything", said Alan Tuerkheimer, a jury consultant and the principal of Chicago-based Trial Methods.

The defense immediately requested a mistrial.

In his rebuttal to jurors, federal prosecutor Peter Koski echoed the judge's instructions that gifts given "both out of friendship and a corrupt intent" can be considered bribes.

A prosecutor accused the defense of using a strategy of "distraction and misdirection" and said the two men's friendship doesn't mean they weren't involved in bribery. "Ladies and gentlemen, that is not the law".

"I don't appreciate unnecessary nitpicking", Walls said. "If I'm the prosecution, that's hard to hear".

Deliberations resume Monday with an alternate taking Arroyo-Maultsby's place.

David Lee Miller reports on the ongoing jury drama in the New Jersey senator's bribery case.

If Menendez is acquitted, it would reinforce the view that official bribery cases have become more hard to prosecute, a trend traced to last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the bribery conviction of former Republican Virginia Gov. MenendezIn judge's 2010 Senate trial, Menendez was guilty of hypocrisy Excused Menendez juror: "I don't think he did anything wrong" We don't need a terrorist attack to know diversity program has to go MORE (D-N.J.) ordered the jury to continue working after jurors said they were deadlocked on all charges.

The trial has lasted 11 weeks, and the jury has been deliberating since last week.

Neither side commented on Arroyo-Maultsby's comments Friday.

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