Menendez blasts prosecutors for bribery case

Menendez is charged in an 18-count indictment with accepting gifts from close friend and co-defendant Salomon Melgen in return for exerting his political influence

"The way this case started was wrong, the way it was investigated was wrong, the way it was prosecuted was wrong, and the way it was tried was wrong as well", he said. The dismissed juror shared that prior to her holiday, the entire jury unanimously voted to convict Menendez on count 18, which claims the politician made false statements regarding his US Senate financial disclosure form.

Jurors said they "reviewed all the evidence slowly, thoroughly and in great detail".

The trial is in its 11th week. In exchange, Menendez helped Melgen with visa applications for his foreign-born lovers, among other political favors, the Justice Department contends.

Prosecutors could refile charges against Menendez, but it is unclear if they will choose to do so.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's political adviser says that "all things indicate" he will run for re-election next year and an announcement is likely in the "coming weeks".

So far, though, no strong primary challengers have emerged and judging by the defiant tone Menendez struck on Thursday afternoon, he seems to have no intention of stepping aside. (R) at United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., September 6, 2017. Will federal prosecutors decide to recharge him and how will the mood of the electorate shift in 2018?

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At the time, Walls told them to go home for the day, eat a good meal and get some rest, and try again in the morning.

Menendez served in the House from 1993 until he was appointed to fill a Senate vacancy in 2006.

- 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.

After nine weeks of testimony and nearly two weeks of deliberations, the jury in the Bob Menendez trial could not reach a verdict on even one of the 18 counts against the New Jersey senator.

Judge William Walls declared a mistrial in the case after speaking with all the jurors, according to CNN. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous decision on any charges, with the panel divided over whether the two men engaged in a bribery scheme or were just friends.

The hung jury comes after almost two weeks of deliberations.

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Mr Walls determined that none of the jurors would change their minds and thus declared a mistrial. An attorney for co-defendant Salomon Melgen asked Walls to poll the jury individually to confirm they are deadlocked.

- November 13, 2017: Three hours after the jury restarts deliberations with a new juror, the panel tells Walls they can't reach a unanimous verdict on any of the counts.

The long-awaited verdict for Democratic Sen.

The bribery trial of New Jersey Sen.

Ultimately, neither Menendez nor his co-defendant, Salomon Melgen, both 63, elected to take the stand in their own defense. The jury then retires to resume deliberations.

The New Jersey Democrat is charged with accepting gifts from Melgen in exchange for using his political influence.

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