Jurors 'Can't Reach' Unanimous Verdict in Sen. Menendez Trial

Jury deliberations in Menendez trial begin anew

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In a note to U.S. District Judge William Walls, jurors wrote that they "can't reach a unanimous verdict".

"Is there any additional guidance and what do we do now?" the jury asked the judge in their note, according to the newspaper.

A juror in the bribery trial of U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has told the judge the panel is deadlocked.

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Walls concluded that it would be appropriate for the jury to continue their deliberations.

Monday marks the 11th week of the trial.

Last week, a dismissed member of the jury told reporters she believes the trial will end in a hung jury and that she had planned to vote to acquit.

"What I saw in the courtroom was that he was not guilty of all counts; so was Dr. Melgen", Arroyo-Maultsby said on Thursday following her dismissal. "I would've been fighting in that jury room". On Monday, an alternate was brought in to replace her.

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The judge excused the jurors for the day, but told them to return the next day - Tuesday, November 14th - in order to continue deliberating.

Defense attorneys pressed the judge to question jurors, who have been told not to read reports about the case, on whether any had heard the juror's comments. "You're starting anew. Forget about whatever happened last week". "This is the jury".

If the jury is unable to reach a verdict, Walls could declare a mistrial. It was then that the judge said come back tomorrow.

Menendez addressed a gaggle of reporters outside the courthouse, thanking the the jurors, who he said "clearly" believe in his innocence.

Menendez is accused of accepting lavish gifts and political contributions from Melgen, a Florida eye doctor. They include trips aboard a private jet and a luxury vacation in Paris.

Menendez reciprocated by aiding Melgen's business interests, prosecutors added, including helping him with a Medicare billing dispute and obtaining visas for foreign women described as Melgen's girlfriends.

"Dr. Melgen donated all this money to the Democrat Party".

Following a lengthy Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal probe, Menendez was indicted in April 2015 for allegedly making official acts on Melgen's behalf.

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