NEWARK — A juror who was excused Thursday afternoon from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’s federal corruption trial stated that if she had stayed on, she would have discovered Menendez “not responsible on each cost.”
Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby additionally stated different jurors’ emotions in regards to the case are combined and he or she believes the consequence could also be a hung jury.
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Arroyo-Maultsby made the feedback to a couple reporters exterior the federal courthouse in Newark, moments after leaving the trial to start a previously-scheduled trip within the Bahamas. Two of the reporters shared the audio with POLITICO.
“It was very stressful,” stated Arroyo-Maultsby, who, in line with her Facebook web page, lives in Hillside and is a income accounting badyst for NJ Transit. “I really feel like the federal government was very corrupted, not that Menendez was. That they have been, to me, railroading him. This is how I really feel. Personally, he’s not responsible on all counts.
“I don’t suppose he did something flawed,” she stated.
Arroyo-Maultsby’s stunningly candid remarks got here on the finish of the jury’s third full day of deliberations. She was dismissed as a result of her trip subsequent week had been deliberate earlier than the trial started. Judge William Walls promised throughout jury choice that if the case was not completed by Thursday, she could be dismissed.
Walls appointed an alternate to switch Arroyo-Maultsby.
Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey’s senior senator, is charged with advocating for co-defendant Salomon Melgen’s enterprise pursuits with high U.S. authorities officers in change for holidays within the Dominican Republic, personal jet flights, lodge stays, a automobile service and about $750,000 in political contributions.
Arroyo-Maultsby stated deliberations have been tense at occasions.
“Everybody’s not agreeing,” she stated. “Yes, there’s trouble in the jury room.”
Arroyo-Maultsby additionally stated she thinks extra jurors could also be leaning towards discovering Menendez not responsible than responsible, however “when they’re talking among each other, they’re helping each, like, maybe changing their minds.”
She added: “I’m just the one that they couldn’t change my mind. If I would have stayed, he would have been not guilty on every charge.”
Walls appointed a feminine alternate to switch Arroyo-Maultsby, conserving the jury’s gender make-up the identical — seven ladies and 5 males.
Court is closed Friday for Veterans Day. Walls stated final week that deliberations must start anew on Monday if he needed to dismiss a juror.
The trial started Sept. 6.