Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Breaking news updates will appear at the bottom of the article.
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez might be going to jail.
In the latest update on the federal corruption trial of Sen. Menendez, D-N.J., an alternate juror has replaced a juror who was excused because of her vacation plans. The jury will resume its deliberations Monday. Judge William Wells told the jury, “You are starting fresh.”
But the juror who was excused, juror number 8, Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, has signaled that the jury may be ready to convict Menendez of committing a felony by making false statements regarding his Senate financial disclosure form.
VERY bad news for Bob at #MenendezTrial via @DominicTV:— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 13, 2017
Now-dismissed juror #8 was the ONLY not guilty vote on count 18, false statements. That is a felony carrying up to five years. pic.twitter.com/GD7QGHTiMN
Arroyo told Fios1’s Dominic Carter that all twelve jurors had voted to convict Menendez on count 18 before she changed her mind.
“Then when I got home and I started thinking about it, and then I started praying on it. I felt God talking to me, saying ‘Evelyn, if you have doubts, remember the word reasonable doubt,’” Arroyo-Maultsby said.
In count 18, Menendez is charged with violating Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001(a)(1) and (c)(1), which carries a maximum of five years’ prison time.
Shortly after this article was published, a breaking news report suggested that the jury is deadlocked on all charges.
Syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen points out that a juror may have changed his or her mind since juror 8 departed.
It is also possible the new alternate juror did not agree with the previous reported consensus of the jury. A decision will be rendered when the jury comes to agreement or declares itself hung.
This is a developing story.
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