Jurors in Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal corruption trial told the judge Monday morning that they are hopelessly deadlocked and won’t be able to reach a verdict on 12 charges, ranging from bribery to “public corruption.”
Judge William Walls has ordered the jurors — seven women and five men — to take the rest of Monday off to “clear their heads,” but wants them back at work on Tuesday to keep deliberating,CNN reports. He’s asked them to “forget” about the last week of deliberations and “start fresh” with an eye on delivering a verdict.
“You are starting fresh,” Walls said. “Forget about what happened last week. This is the jury.”
Although the case has received only minimal media attention, Menendez is the first sitting senator to face a corruption trial in decades. He stands accused of using his office to do favors for a Florida dentist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, regularly over the course of seven years, in return for million-dollar campaign donations. According to prosecutors, Menendez lobbied the State Department to provide visas for Melgen’s foreign girlfriends, and even tried to help Melgen avoid a Medicare fraud investigation.
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