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Though we don't yet have a full sense of the deliberations, the New Jersey lawmaker likely benefited from the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreeing a year ago to make it more hard to convict politicians on corruption charges in U.S. v. McDonnell.

A judge has declared a mistrial in the bribery case of U.S. Sen.

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

Menendez defense lawyer Abbe Lowell told the judge, "I think we have to declare a mistrial". "Nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions", they said.

This is a developing story. Both men were charged with participating in a bribery scheme whereby Menendez exchanged political favors for financial benefits from Melgen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial has ended in a mistrial after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on the charges against the Democrat and his co-defendant.

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".

Defense attorneys countered that Menendez and Melgen were longtime buddies and the gifts, rather than bribes, reflecting their close relationship.

The jury of seven women and five men began deliberating last week, and it quickly became clear there were sharp divisions.

Deliberations began on November 6, but the jury restarted Monday after a juror was excused for a previously scheduled vacation and was replaced by an alternate.

It's possible that the government could put Menendez on trial again, but we'll revisit that aspect at a separate juncture.

One of the 12 jurors later told the press that two of them wanted to convict the Democratic senator, while the other 10 wanted to acquit Menendez on all counts. The mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore have given Democrats hope they can score an upset win in that state's special election next month.

The hung jury comes after almost two weeks of deliberations. Bob Menendez after the jury deadlocked twice - unable to reach a decision on any of the various counts - in deliberations this week.

So what happens now to Menendez, who's up for re-election next year? He also could have given them what is referred to as an Allen charge, which is given to a deadlocked jury and urges jurors who are voting against the majority to reconsider their positions to avoid a mistrial.

Before attending the hearing, Menendez tried to portray himself as a fighter, claiming, "I've committed my entire adult life, since I was 19, fighting for the people of New Jersey".


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