Judge declares mistrial in Senator Bob Menendez federal corruption trial

By Thomas Moriarty|tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com}

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez arrives at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, shortly before a mistrial was declared in his federal corruption trial. (Julio Cortez | AP Photo)

NEWARK — A hopelessly deadlocked jury brought an end to the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez Thursday with the declaration of a mistrial, after a contentious 11-week courtroom drama that concluded without a final act.

The government now must decide whether to retry the Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, who are accused of swapping lavish gifts for government favors.

In a note sent to out shortly before noon, jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict.

While saying they had “reviewed all the evidence slowly, thoroughly and in great detail,” they concluded: “We cannot reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges, nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions.”

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