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Menendez Jury Can’t Agree, Asks Judge for Guidance

Defense seeks mistrial, judge says there’s ‘no way on this green Earth’ that he would make such a declaration

The jury in the bribery and corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen sent a note to the judge yesterday, telling him that it was deadlocked. “Is there any additional guidance? What can we do now?” the note said.

Judge William Walls told the jurors to go home and get some rest. “Have a good dinner,” he said. “Get a good night’s sleep, and come back tomorrow.” Rebuffing defense lawyer Abbe Lowell’s request for a mistrial, Walls said, “There is no way on this green Earth that this judge is going to declare a mistrial.”

Outside the courthouse, Menendez spoke to reporters. “As I said two and a half years ago when I first faced these charges, I was innocent, and clearly there are jurors who believe in my innocence. I want to thank them for that,” he said.

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