NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the Sen. Bob Menendez bribery trial (all times local):
The jury in Sen. Bob Menendez’s bribery trial has told a judge that it remains deadlocked.
Menendez’s defense lawyer on Thursday asked Judge William Walls to declare a mistrial. An attorney for co-defendant Salomon Melgen is asking Walls to poll the jury individually to confirm they are deadlocked.
Federal prosecutors have asked Walls to give the jury more time to deliberate and to give them partial verdict instructions, but Walls says he won’t do that.
Deliberations began Nov. 6. On Monday the jury told the judge they were deadlocked, but he told them to keep going. They deliberated Tuesday, Wednesday and some of Thursday morning without reaching a unanimous verdict against the New Jersey Democrat and the Florida eye doctor.
Jurors have begun a seventh full day of deliberations in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez.
The panel reconvened Thursday morning in Newark, New Jersey.
Deliberations began Nov. 6. On Monday the jury told the judge they were deadlocked, but he told them to keep going. They deliberated Tuesday and Wednesday without reaching a unanimous verdict against the New Jersey Democrat and his longtime friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (MEHL’-genn).
If they don’t reach a verdict Thursday, deliberations might resume Monday. The trial hasn’t sat on Fridays since it began in early September.
The New Jersey Democrat is charged with accepting gifts from Melgen in exchange for using his political influence. Both men deny the allegations.
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