A federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, after jurors twice reported they were hopelessly deadlocked.
“There’s no alternative to declaring a mistrial,” U.S. District Court Judge William Walls said Thursday afternoon.
The decision came after jurors said they could not reach a verdict. It was the second time this week the 12-member panel told Walls they could not come to a unanimous decision.
“I think we have a for-real hung jury,” Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell said before the judge issued his decision.