Mistrial in Menendez corruption case, as jury can’t reach verdict

The federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has ended in a mistrial after the jury remained deadlocked after four days of deliberations.

According to multiple published reports, the 12 jurors — including a recent replacement — could not reach a verdict after the New Jersey Democrat’s 11-week trial. Reports said Judge William Walls interviewed all 12 and concluded they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Menendez and a friend, Salomon Melgen, were accused of exchanging lavish gifts for political favors. Charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice included conspiracy, bribery and fraud.

Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they would seek a retrial, the reports said.