The indictment charges that as a US senator, Menendez has a duty to the United States and to the citizens he represents to perform his official duties free from corruption.
A federal judge declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon in the bribery trial of New Jersey Sen.
Justice Department attorney Peter Koski asked that U.S. District Judge William Walls instruct the jury on how to reach a partial verdict. The jury sent a note to the court just before noon Thursday that they "slowly and thoroughly" reviewed the evidence "in great detail" but could not come to a consensus.
"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 jury wrote, according to Lowell.
They accused Menendez of pushing officials to help resolve an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute in Melgen's favor, while the defense team claimed at trial that the senator was focused on the fact that the billing policies at issue were conflicting and the drug companies were enjoying a windfall.
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"I find that you are unable to reach a verdict and that further deliberations would be futile and that there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial", Walls told the jury before dismissing them.
The men, both 63, deny the 18 counts of bribery, fraud and other crimes with which they have been charged.
- September 6: The trial of Melgen and Menendez begins in Newark, New Jersey.
The judge told them to sleep on it and return the next day, Tuesday.
The Justice Department would have to go through another trial if it seeks to prove the charges against him. He also said that there were some elements within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and New Jersey, who cannot stand that a Latino, could rise to become a United States Senator.
Jurors also failed to reach the unanimous conclusion that Menendez had "knowingly and willfully" falsified his annual disclosure forms in an attempt to hide the gifts from Melgen, an allegation in the last count of the indictment against the men.
Menendez said earlier this month he was convinced he'd be exonerated.
The jury deliberated for about 14 hours over three days.
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is blasting federal investigators for bringing a bribery case against him after a judge declared a mistrial.
- January 2016: Menendez argues to have the indictment thrown out in filings to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, writing that his meetings with government officials allegedly to advance Melgen's business interests were protected by the Constitution's "speech or debate" clause.
A note telling the judge of the deadlock was sent shorty before noon.
- November 9, 2017: Juror Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, excused during deliberations for a previously scheduled vacation, tells reporters outside the courthouse that she would have voted for acquittal on all counts but predicts a hung jury.