Mistrial in New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez's Corruption Trial

Friday, 17 Nov, 2017

Menendez held a brief presser, where he said that the entirety of this case, how it was handled, how it was prosecuted, and how it was investigated was wrong.

He also thanked those that helped him raise millions for his legal defense fund.

"We can not reach a unanimous decision, " the jury said in a note just before lunch on Thursday.

The trial is in its 11th week.

Menendez faces 18 charges including bribery, honest services fraud, conspiracy, interstate travel to carry out bribery and making false statements on federally-mandated financial disclosures forms. Now, the prosecution must decide if they will retry the case, which has already taken up a lot of resources, both in time and money.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) might have looked like a dead man walking.

A mistrial would aid Menendez by not subjecting him to pressure to step down in the event of a conviction.

A mistrial was declared in the corruption case involving Democratic Sen.

Only one sitting senator is now under indictment, and as of this afternoon, the effort to prosecute him came up short.

The hung jury is slightly better news for Senate Democrats - at least in the short term - who no longer have to fear losing one of their members in the midst of a pitched battle in Congress over legislation backed by President Trump.

Menendez first joined the Senate when he was appointed in 2006, winning election later that year.

- July: Menendez seeks to have the charges thrown out based on a 2016 Supreme Court decision that overturned the bribery conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday after the jury reported it was hopelessly deadlocked.

He interviewed each of the jurors individually in his chambers. Prosecutors said he received luxury hotel rooms, rides on a private jet, and more than $600,000 in political contributions from Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen.

"I think the defense showed me enough to say he's not guilty on every count", Arroyo-Maultsby said. He sent them home to return on November 14 to continue deliberations. On Monday, a juror who was dismissed from the trial told media outlets that the jury was deadlocked, with a majority of the jurors leaning towards an acquittal.

The jury in Sen.

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls declared a mistrial after jurors were not able to reach a unanimous verdict during more than 15 hours of deliberations. An attorney for co-defendant Salomon Melgen is asking Walls to poll the jury individually to confirm they are deadlocked.

At that time, Walls told jurors, "do not hesitate to re-examine your own views" but also "do not surrender your honest conviction as to the weight or effect of evidence exclusively because of the opinion of your fellow jurors, or for the mere goal of returning a verdict".

The panel reconvened Thursday morning in Newark, New Jersey.

In a note to the court earlier Thursday, the jury wrote it could not reach a unanimous decision.