Menendez defense pushes for mistrial in corruption case

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:42:02 PM. Lawyers for New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez were pushing for a mistrial on Tuesday after the judge again sent the deadlocked jury home without having reached a verdict. “We do not shy away from the fa…
Lawyers for New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez were pushing for a mistrial on Tuesday after the judge again sent the deadlocked jury home without having reached a verdict. “We do not shy away from the fact that we have urged a mistrial,” defense lawyer Raymond Brown told the judge. “We think it would be appropriate. The law is pretty clear — a hung jury is a legitimate result of jury deliberation.” Brown made the comments after jurors told Newark federal court Judge William Walls that they have not been able to come to an agreement on any of the counts. The newly re-formed jury, with an alternate replacing a panelist who was excused last week, has been deliberating for only two days. The members’ concern about being deadlocked followed comments from the dismissed juror, who predicted a mistrial. “It looks like a hung jury,” Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, 61, told reporters on Thursday after she was excused. On Tuesday morning, Walls instructed the jurors to keep deliberating — and suggested he may not let them go without a verdict anytime soon. “Take as much time as you need to discuss things,” the famously ornery judge said. “There is no hurry. This is not reality TV. This is real life,” he added. Menendez, 63, is charged with taking bribes from co-defendant Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor from West Palm Beach, Fla., including flights on Melgen’s private jet, all-expense​-paid vacations and $750,000 in campaign donations. In exchange, Menendez used his Senate office to help Melgen with his...Read more
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