Ok, maybe counsel over shot the jury a bit in the trial of Senator Robert Menendez. The Senator is facing allegations of bribes from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen ranging from luxury vacations to luxury flights to campaign contributions. After presenting a fairly complex case of gifts, influence peddling, and nuanced criminal standards, a question can back from the jury. The juror asked the judge “what is a senator?”
This may prove that the jury actually does reflect the population at large since 64 percent of Americans cannot name all three branches of government.
U.S. District Judge William Walls declined to answer the question.
Of course, if the allegations are proven, Menendez seems to have forgotten the answer to that question some time ago.
Judge Walls could always send this answer to the jury: