Jury in Bob Menendez trial says it's deadlocked

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The judge in the New Jersey Democrats' federal bribery trial declared a mistrial Thursday.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is blasting federal investigators for bringing a bribery case against him after a judge declared a mistrial.

After receiving Thursday's note, U.S. District Court Judge William Walls chose to interview the foreman and at least one other juror in chambers, in the presence of the lawyers on the case.

Jury member Edward Norris said 10 jurors wanted to acquit Menendez on all charges, while two held out for conviction.

Jurors had first told Walls on Monday they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on any of the 18 counts in the indictment against Menendez and a wealthy friend.

On August 30, Justice Department prosecutors filed a document in court as the trial began, outlining the evidence against Menendez receiving political bribes from Florida Optometrist Dr. Salomon Melgen.

This is a developing story.

The long-awaited verdict for Democratic Sen.

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The defense explained that Menendez and Melgen were just old friends and argued that none of the Senator's favors were done in exchange for Melgen's gifts.

CNN noted that the mistrial is "a blow" to the Justice Department after a almost five-year investigation, but also denies Menendez a "clear vindication" in the case.

In a note on Monday, they told Judge William Walls they were deadlocked, only hours into a fresh round of deliberations with an alternate who had replaced a juror excused the previous week. The jury then retires to resume deliberations.

"They are telling us in the clearest terms possible that they have done their job as diligent jurors".

The mistrial also virtually eliminates the possibility that Menendez would resign or be removed from office before Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) leaves office in January 2018, meaning the Republican won't be able to select a replacement and Democrats will retain the seat. It is given to a deadlocked jury and urges jurors who are voting against the majority to reconsider their positions to avoid a mistrial.

The hung jury comes after almost two weeks of deliberations.

After the hung jury, Menendez's political adviser, Mike Soliman, said "all things indicate" the senator will run for re-election, and an announcement will probably be made in the coming weeks.

The judge in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez is interviewing individual jurors privately after the panel told him in a note that it was still deadlocked on the seventh full day of deliberations, raising the prospect of a mistrial. Had Menendez been convicted, Republican senators would likely have pressed him to resign or called on Democrats to expel him, allowing Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to name his replacement.

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