Menendez (D-N.J.) mistrial probability rises as jury deadlocks for second time

For the second time since its deliberations began, Save Jerseyans, the Menendez jury appears to have deadlocked in Newark, and a mistrial in the senior New Jersey U.S. Senator’s corruption trial now appears extremely likely.

The jury’s 11:35 a.m. note to Judge Walls expressed its belief that the jurors had “slowly and thoroughly” reviewed all admitted evidence “in great detail” but were nevertheless individually not “willing to move away from our strong positions.”

The defense asked for a mistrial; the prosecution wanted to fish for consensus on any of the charges facing Bob Menendez.

“Based upon what has been so clearly and definitively written, that would be a futile exercise,” Walls said of the prosecution’s request, citing the risk of “sliding down a slope of coercion and I’m not going to do that.”

The judge and attorneys are currently interviewing the jurors behind closed doors….


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