Judge declares mistrial in Menendez trial

Violet Powell
November 17, 2017

Both were found guilty by juries to later have those convictions overturned because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that raised the bar on what is considered public corruption. On November 16, the federal judge presiding over the case declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after a week of deliberations. The trial has ended in a mistrial after the jury said it was deadlocked on all charges between Menendez and a wealthy donor and Florida eye doctor he was involved with.

In their note to the court the 12 jurors - seven men and five women - wrote: "We can not reach a unanimous decision.Nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions".

This is a developing story. Some Republicans had hoped for Menendez's conviction and resignation by mid-January, which would have given outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, the chance to pick his replacement.

The jury showed signs this week that they would be unable to reach a verdict.

For the second time this week, the jurors in the trial of Sen.

Earlier on Thursday, jurors delivered Walls a note that said they were deadlocked after "slowly" reviewing all the evidence.

Though Menendez has avoided prison, for now at least, his political career could well suffer from this highly publicized 11-week trial. However, the charges still could hang over him as he seeks re-election next year, assuming the government seeks a retrial. Lowell said jurors had a strong difference in viewpoints since deliberations began seven days ago.

Still Deadlocked: Jury Says They're Divided In Menendez's Corruption Trial

- September 6: The trial of Melgen and Menendez begins in Newark, New Jersey.

The senator also added a warning to political rivals.

Prosecutors charged the longtime senator accepted flights on Florida eye doctor Melgen's private jet, along with luxury vacations and other gifts, in return for helping his pal's girlfriends obtain USA visas.

Similarly, when several State Department witnesses testified that Menendez has threatened to hold a congressional hearing if they did not intervene in a contract dispute between Melgen and the Dominican Republic over cargo screening at the nation's ports, the defense said that the senator was troubled by port security more generally.

Defense lawyers argued that Menendez and Melgen were longtime friends with no corrupt intent to commit a federal crime, and after over two months of testimony, prosecutors never produced a smoking gun in the form of a document, email or incriminating phone call outlining an illicit agreement between the two men. Bob Menendez's bribery trial are interviewing jurors as the jury says it remained deadlocked. They also contended Menendez's meetings with government officials were focused on broad policy issues and not specifically to benefit Melgen.

After more than week of deliberations and one juror being replaced because of a planned vacation, the jury could not all agree on the Senator's guilt or innocence.

They deliberated all day Tuesday and Wednesday without sending a note to the court.

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