NEWARK — A day after saying that they were deadlocked, jurors in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez spent a full day on Tuesday deliberating, and finished without a verdict.
They sent no notes, questions nor communications to Judge William H. Walls as they deliberated for more than five hours before being sent home for the day at 3:30 p.m.
When the court convened on Tuesday morning, Judge Walls had told the jury to “take as much time as you need,” as he reiterated some of the jury instructions he had given two weeks ago, mixed with some advice. “This is not reality TV,” he told them. “This is real life.”
On Monday, they had sent out a note saying were unable to reach a verdict. The judge send them home for dinner and good night’s sleep and implored them to try again on Tuesday.
Mr. Menendez and a co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor from Florida, have been accused of various corruption charges, including bribery and conspiracy. Both men have denied the accusations.
After the jury was dismissed on Tuesday, Murad Hussain, a lawyer for Mr. Melgen, approached the court to request Judge Walls follow a specific procedure in the event that the jury sent another note saying they remained deadlocked. The procedure would involve polling jurors one by one, and could lead to a mistrial.
The prosecution made its own request, saying that Judge Walls should also inform jurors that they had the option of rendering a partial verdict, in the event they reached unanimous decisions on some charges but not all of them.
Judge Walls said he had no problem with that instruction.
Deliberations will continue on Wednesday morning.