The jury in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reportedly told a judge on Monday that they were unable to reach a “unanimous decision on any of the charges.”
The judge considered the available options before ordering the deadlocked jurors to go home for the day so they could return for additional deliberations on Tuesday, NBC reported.
UPDATE: Judge overseeing bribery trial against Sen. Menendez tells deadlocked jurors to go home for the day and return to deliberations Tuesday.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 13, 2017
WATCH: MSNBC Host Says Corruption Case Against Democrat Sen. Menendez 'Looks Overwhelming,'
CNN has more details on the charges against Menendez:
The New Jersey Democrat faces charges of conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud related to abusing the power of his office. Prosecutors say the senator accepted more than $600,000 in political contributions, a luxurious hotel suite at the Park Hyatt in Paris and free rides on a private jet from a wealthy ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in exchange for political favors. ...
The defense team had maintained throughout the case that Menendez and Melgen were longtime friends with no corrupt intent to commit a federal crime, and after hours of testimony and hundreds of exhibits, the prosecutors never produced a smoking gun in the form of a document or phone call outlining an illicit agreement between the two men.
Instead, the case rested largely on circumstantial evidence. Emails and testimony revealed the senator's efforts to encourage State Department officials to favorably resolve a contract dispute Melgen had with the Dominican Republic over cargo scanning equipment, but also showed he was genuinely interested in port security issues. Similarly, witnesses told jurors that Menendez wanted officials in the Obama administration to change Medicare billing policies to help Melgen resolve a multimillion-dollar overbilling dispute, but also learned that he was concerned the drug companies were enjoying a windfall from the current policies.
Interestingly, a dismissed juror predicted a hung jury last week.
There is now speculation that the jury's inability to reach a decision could result in a mistrial down the road.