美国参议员梅嫩德斯受贿案陪审团僵持不下

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月14日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

被控受贿的民主党籍联邦参议员梅嫩德斯离开新泽西州的联邦法庭。(2017年11月13日)
被控受贿的民主党籍联邦参议员梅嫩德斯离开新泽西州的联邦法庭。(2017年11月13日)

审理美国民主党籍联邦参议员鲍勃·梅嫩德斯(Bob Menendez)受贿案的陪审员对法官说,陪审团陷入僵局。

检察官要求法官下令陪审团成员留下来继续讨论,但法官拒绝了这一要求,让陪审员们回家,星期二恢复审议。

梅嫩德斯在新泽西州纽瓦克的联邦法庭外对记者说:“显然有陪审员相信我无罪。”

他敦促那些认为他无罪的人不要被迫改变自己的想法。

这位来自新泽西州的民主党人被控以政治好处作为交换,从佛罗里达州的一位有钱的捐款人那里收取礼物,包括乘坐私人喷气式飞机出国旅行以及在巴黎的一次豪华度假。梅嫩德斯因此出庭受审。那名捐款人是佛州著名眼科医生,他也在接受审判。

梅嫩德斯和那名医生都否认所受指控。他们说,礼物是源自两人之间的常年友谊。

上星期,一名被打发走的陪审员对记者说,她相信,审判将因为陪审团陷入僵局而流审,她还说,她打算投无罪票。

四名陪审员对法官说,虽然陪审团之前被下令不得阅读有关本案的任何信息,但他们还是听到了这番评论。

法官用一名候补陪审员取代了退出的那名陪审员,并命令陪审团重新审议。

Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of Democratic Senator Menendez

A juror in the bribery trial of U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has told the judge the panel is deadlocked.

The judge told the jury to go home and resume deliberations Tuesday, dismissing the prosecution's request that they stay and keep talking.

"Clearly there are jurors who believe in my innocence," Menendez told reporters outside the Newark, New Jersey courtroom.

He urged those who think he is innocent not let themselves be coerced in changing their minds.

The New Jersey Democrat is on trial for allegedly taking gifts from a wealthy Florida donor in exchange for political favors. They include trips aboard a private jet and a luxury vacation in Paris. The donor, a prominent Florida eye doctor, is also on trial.

Menendez and the doctor have denied the charges, saying the gifts were came out of their longtime friendship.

Last week, a dismissed member of the jury told reporters she believes the trial will end in a hung jury and that she had planned to vote to acquit.

Four of the jurors told the judge they heard the comments, even though they had been ordered not to read anything about the case.

The judge replaced the dismissed jury member with an alternate and ordered them to restart deliberations.