Judge tells dead­locked jury in Me­nen­dez case to keep go­ing

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

NE­WARK, N.J. — The jury in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Me­nen­dez, DN.J., and a donor and friend told the judge it couldn’t reach a ver­dict on Mon­day on any of the 18 counts against them, prompt­ing the judge to order it to re­sume de­lib­er­a­tions on Tues­day.

The day be­gan with de­fense at­tor­neys ar­gu­ing with U.S. District Judge Wil­liam Walls over a dif­fer­ent is­sue: pub­lic com­ments made last week by a ju­ror who had been ex­cused for a sched­uled va­ca­tion.

The ju­ror told re­porters she and oth­ers were in fa­vor of ac­quit­tal but she an­tic­i­pated a hung jury. De­fense at­tor­neys pressed the judge to ques­tion ju­rors on whether any had heard the com­ments.

Four ju­rors and three al­ter­nates had, but af­ter ques­tion­ing, the judge told them to de­lib­er­ate with an al­ter­nate re­plac­ing the ex­cused ju­ror.

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