Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Dismissed Menendez juror predicts hung jury in bribery case

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Melinda Barton | 10 November, 2017, 05:52

Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, 61, of Hillside said the government had not made its case against Menendez and three others jurors agreed with her.

The 12-person jury in the case has not reached a unanimous verdict after three full days of deliberations and will resume its discussions Monday with an alternate juror in Arroyo-Maultsby's place.

As she left, the now-vacationing juror dropped a bombshell telling Politico and other media that Menendez "did nothing wrong", and that the prosecution was trying to "railroad" him. Bob Menendez, speaks to NorthJersey.com outside of the federal courthouse on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Newark, NJ.

The jury began deliberations late Monday afternoon after hearing almost eight hours of attorneys' closing arguments and roughly nine weeks of testimony. Prosecutors say the senator took gifts like a luxury hotel stay, private flights, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Melgen, and in return the senator acted as the doctor's "personal senator, " advocating on his behalf on various government matters.

The indictment charges that Menendez accepted almost $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from Melgen, including lodgings at luxury hotels and flights in Melgen's private jet and on commercial airlines.

"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. Both men have maintained their innocence. On Monday the juror will start deliberations from the beginning once an alternate juror is seated to replace another who was excused due to vacation plans. "They are friends. If I was rich and I had a lot of money and I want to take my friend somewhere, why can't I?" The disorganized deliberations at moments broke down, with jurors speaking over each other, and at least once using foul language, she said. He's also charged with making false statements for not reporting the gifts on Senate disclosure forms.

The jury began deliberations late Monday afternoon after hearing almost eight hours of attorneys' closing arguments and roughly nine weeks of testimony.

"I would argue that a vacation is trumped by your duty as a juror", Feinstein said.

"I want to thank the juror who was excused for her service", he said.

"I said to them, 'Please, make the right decision, ' because they're the one that's not going to be able to sleep at night", she said.

Arroyo-Maultsby's dismissal and interviews Thursday provide the first insight into the mood inside the jury room.

Jurors are not sitting on Friday because of the Veterans Day holiday.