Jurors remain deadlocked in the federal corruption trial of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and a wealthy donor, failing to reach a verdict on any of the 18 counts against the two men.
Menendez, a Democrat, is accused of accepting gifts from a Florida ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgan, in exchange for helping Melgen for a variety of political reasons, including mitigating his Medicare billing disputes. Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year.
On Friday, Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, a juror who was dismissed from the case because of a previously planned vacation, told reporters that the trial was headed for a hung jury, with several jurors poised to vote “not guilty” on the most serious charges against Menendez, which include bribery and conspiracy charges.
An alternate juror was subbed in on Monday, meaning that deliberations had to start from scratch. Four jurors and three alternates admitted to having seen coverage of Arroyo-Maultsby’s comments, but Judge Walls did not view that as an impediment to moving forward with the trial.
Read more here: nymag.com
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