“It’s going to be a hung jury,” Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, the previous “Juror No. 8,” stated in an interview with CNN.
Arroyo-Maultsby had longstanding trip plans that Judge William Walls had agreed to honor and was dismissed because the jury ended 16 hours of deliberations this week with out reaching a verdict. Deliberations will resume Monday morning, however the transfer in essence means jurors have to start out deliberations over with the alternate current. Alternate jurors watched the proceedings of the 10-week trial and heard all the arguments, however have been saved separate from the primary jury panel throughout deliberations.
Arroyo-Maultsby stated she was advocating for the New Jersey Democratic senator to be acquitted.
“I felt and I felt in my heart that he was not guilty on all charges,” she stated. “(Prosecutors) just didn’t show me enough and I just wish I wasn’t going on vacation — I would’ve been fighting in that jury room.”
Arroyo-Maultsby’s dismissal and interviews Thursday present the primary perception into the temper contained in the jury room.
“I got very tense because I felt like they were trying to get me to change my mind,” the previous Juror No. eight stated. “I know there’s a few that feel the same way I do and they’re going to hold their own.”
A Justice Department spokesperson declined to remark.
Menendez is accused of accepting lavish presents from his good friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist. In change, prosecutors say that Menendez acted on Melgen’s behalf in varied authorities dealings, together with pressuring the Obama administration over a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute. Both Menendez and Melgen have maintained their innocence.
Menendez instructed reporters that he understands the jury has “a lot to go through” of their deliberations. The males are charged with 18 counts, and jurors have been proven almost 300 displays and heard from almost 60 witnesses over the course of 10 weeks.
“I have every expectation that based upon all of the facts that have been presented at this trial if they listen to the law and the facts, I am convinced we will be exonerated and that’s worth waiting for,” Menendez instructed reporters outdoors of courtroom Wednesday.
Asked by a reporter if he’s prepared for the judgment, Menendez responded: “I am past ready for judgment day.”
The jury will proceed to be comprised of seven girls and 5 males.