Sen. Bob’s team ‘urges a mis­trial’

New York Post - - NEWS - By PRISCILLA DeGREGORY and KAJA WHITEHOUSE kwhite­house@ny­post.com

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 busi­ness in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing an $8.9 billing dis­pute with Medi­care, prose­cu­tors have said.

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