Juror From Menendez’s Corruption Trial Attends Senator’s Election Night Party

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One of the jurors from Sen. Bob Menendez's federal corruption trial attended the New Jersey Democrat's election night victory party on Tuesday.

A New Jersey reporter tweeted out video of the juror, Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, explaining at Menendez's headquarters in the Garden State why she voted to reelect the senator.



"I came out here tonight because I know Bob Menendez is a very good man, and I was in a courtroom and I saw all the evidence that they didn't have enough evidence," Arroyo-Maultsby said. "What he did wrong, he did nothing wrong. He's a great man. That's why I'm supporting Menendez. I voted for him. I voted blue."

Arroyo-Maultsby also showed that she was wearing a Menendez t-shirt.

Last year, Menendez faced trial for 18 counts of alleged corruption after federal prosecutors accused him of carrying out "official favors" for Salomon Melgen, a friend and mega-donor, in exchange for private flights, vacations, and campaign contributions.

Prosectors alleged that Menendez started accepting bribes from Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, after he entered the Senate in 2006. A judge declared a mistrial in November 2017 after the jury deadlocked on all charges.

The Department of Justice initially said it would retry the case, but eventually decided to drop it.

Arroyo-Maultsby was dismissed from the case during the jury's deliberations so that she could go on a long-scheduled vacation to the Bahamas.

After she was dismissed, Arroyo-Maultsby made it clear she would have voted to acquit Menendez.

"If I would have been there all the way to the end, it would have been ‘not guilty,'" she said. "All the way to the end, not guilty."

Arroyo-Maultsby also predicted a hung jury after she was dismissed from deliberations last November.

"I feel like the government was very corrupted, not that Menendez was," she added at the time. "What I saw, the government didn't give me enough. So I think the defense showed me enough to say he's not guilty on every count."

Menendez on Tuesday defeated Republican businessman Bob Hugin to win reelection to the Senate.

Jeffrey Cimmino

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Jeff Cimmino is a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2019. Prior to working at the Free Beacon, he interned at National Review and the Foreign Policy Initiative.

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