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Mistrial Is Declared in Senator Menendez’s Corruption Trial

Thursday - 16/11/2017 13:09
The mistrial comes more than two years after Mr. Menendez and Dr. Melgen were charged by federal prosecutors and more than four years after media reports on the relationship between the men led to the investigation.

NEWARK — The judge in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey declared a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict, bringing an inconclusive end to the first federal bribery trial of a sitting United States senator in decades.

“We cannot reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges,” the jurors said in a note to Judge William H. Walls.

“We have each tried to look at this case from different viewpoints but still feel strongly in our positions, nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions,” the note said.

Judge Walls’ decision came on the fourth day of deliberations here in federal District Court for New Jersey. The jury also had reported on Monday that it could not agree on a verdict. The judge sent the jurors home and told them to resume deliberatons on Tuesday.

In an unusual move, the jury had to restart deliberations on Monday after a juror was excused for a long-planned vacation.

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