Deliberations Continue In Menendez Bribery Trial

Sen. Bob Menendez D-N.J. speaks during a news conference in Union Beach N.J. A jury could begin deliberations Monday Nov. 6 in the bribery trial of Menendez and a wealthy friend

Menendez jurors finish 2nd day without bribery verdict

Last week, Judge Walls reminded the prosecution and the defense that if the jury did not reach a verdict by Thursday afternoon, Ms. Maultsby would be excused, and he later told all the jurors that he meant to honor his commitment.

The jury began deliberating on Monday afternoon and Thursday was their third full day of deliberations.

"It looks like a hung jury", she added of the deliberations she participated in.

In exchange, prosecutors argued in court, Menendez took bribes in the form of luxury vacations, free flights on Melgen's private jets and $660,000 in political contributions. Both Menendez and the doctor, Salomon Melgen, have maintained their innocence.

"He's not guilty on all counts", Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby told reporters Thursday outside the federal courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. "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?" 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.

The jury began deliberations late Monday afternoon after hearing almost eight hours of attorneys' closing arguments and roughly nine weeks of testimony. Court will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day.

Thursday morning, Menendez appeared okay with a delayed verdict.

"The jury has family, children, jobs", he said. I get after nine weeks, 60 witnesses, hundreds of pages that they're doing their job. Robert Menendez said that the government is "railroading" the New Jersey Democrat with its high-profile corruption case - and she predicted a hung jury. The federal judge refused to answer. 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".

Walls told jurors they would need to rely on their memories. The indictment also charges that Menendez helped obtain USA visas for three friends of Melgen.

According to the criminal complaint, the New Jersey Democrat greased the wheels for Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist.

In return, Melgen gifted Menendez with trips on his private jet to his Dominican Republic home, all-expense-paid vacations including an nearly $5,000 three night stay at a ritzy Paris hotel, and $750,000 in campaign donations, according to Dept. of Justice prosecutors.

Melgen, in turn, paid for private jets, hotel rooms and forked over almost $75,000 in campaign contributions to Menendez. Their silence is a stark contrast to the case of Republican Ted Stevens during his bribery charges in 2008 when then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the GOP senator's resignation. However, he said it would be a decision left up to the Senate if Menendez didn't resign.

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