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Senator Menendez jurors tell judge they're deadlocked


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NEWARK — After more than two months of testimony and deliberations, the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is on the verge of a mistrial.

On Monday afternoon, after deliberating for about two hours, the jury foreman sent a note to Judge William Walls stating that the panel was deadlocked on all counts against the Democratic senator and his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.


“As of 2 p.m., on behalf of all jurors, we cannot reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges. Is there any additional guidance? What do we do now?” stated the note, which was read aloud by Walls.

The judge then re-read some of the instructions he delivered to the jury two weeks ago on how they should reach a verdict, how it’s their duty to “consult with one another” and how “you must make a determination of whether the government has met its burden beyond a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of any defendant.”

Walls then sent the jurors home an hour early and told them to return Tuesday morning.

“I want you to cease your deliberations, go home and have a good meal and a good sleep. And I want you to come back here tomorrow to continue deliberations,” he said.

Before the jury entered the courtroom, Walls asked prosecutors and defense attorneys for advice.

Lead prosecutor Peter Koski said that since one juror had just been replaced, this jury had technically only been deliberating for a couple of hours.


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