Defense in Menendez case pushes for mistrial as jurors fail to reach verdict

NEWARK — As jurors in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez left the courthouse Tuesday without reaching a verdict, attorneys for the Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey urged the judge to declare a mistrial if the panel continues to say it’s deadlocked.

U.S. District Judge William Walls excused the jury Tuesday afternoon without questioning its members about whether they are closer to reaching a verdict, but defense attorneys pushed him to come up with a plan in the event jurors say they can’t reach a unanimous decision on the charges against Menendez and his co-defendant, …read more

Source: Bergen

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