Menendez jury says it's deadlocked; judge says to keep going

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It seems to me that we have been, all of these jurors, save one, has been deliberating since Monday. In exchange, prosecutors say, the senator used his office to carry out official acts to help the doctor in various disputes with the US government.

Jurors sent Walls a note saying they were not able to reach a unanimous decision on any of the 18 counts prosecutors filed against Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the wealthy Florida eye doctor and top Menendez donor.

There is reason to think the divide among jurors is not going to be resolved tomorrow.

She also called Menendez a good man who was "not at all corrupt" but said that all 12 jurors at one point had agreed that he was guilty of one criminal charge: making false statements by failing to disclose gifts on his Senate ethics forms. I want to thank them for that.

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It was an abrupt ending to a day that began in controversy after seven jurors admitted seeing the explosive news coverage last week of a dismissed juror who believed the New Jersey Democrat had done nothing wrong.

Last week, a dismissed juror, Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, told reporters that she believed Menendez was not guilty and predicted the trial would end with a hung jury.

Menendez has denied any bribery arrangement. By Thursday, they were still deadlocked, she said...

Four jurors and three alternates had, but after questioning them in private the judge directed the jury to restart deliberations with an alternate replacing the excused juror.

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The defense suggested the jury was now tainted.

If the jury is unable to reach a verdict, Walls could declare a mistrial.

And then, three hours later, with an alternate in place of the excused juror, the jury announced it was deadlocked. "And I want you to come back here tomorrow to continue deliberations", he said.

A prominent defense lawyer, Joseph Hayden, said it's standard operating procedure for a judge to order a jury back into deliberations.

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