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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The judge in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey declared a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict, bringing an inconclusive end to the first federal bribery trial of a sitting United States senator in decades. "We cannot reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges," the jurors said in a note to Judge William H. Walls. "We have each tried to look at this case from different viewpoints but still feel strongly in our positions, nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions," the note said. After interviewing the jurors individually in his chambers, Judge Walls emerged to tell the court that the jurors were hopelessly deadlocked and that as a result "there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial."

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The prolonged trial has hurt Menendez's political standings and dimmed his prospects for the future. Poll after poll has found his approval numbers plummeting, and a Quinnipiac poll released in September showed that 50 percent of likely New Jersey voters said that Menendez did not deserve to be re-elected next year.

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"Despite the bumps, Mr. Menendez has become one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate, holding influential positions on the Senate Finance and Foreign Relations Committees. His fierce pro-Israeli position and his unwavering opposition to any thawing of relations with Cuba put him at odds with fellow Democrats at times."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-16 01:24 PM | Reply

thanks McDONNELL v. UNITED STATES

at the time, the usuals here Cooed with delight and there was much glad handing all around, "justice served" they chortled ----- now they will just pound sand in their typical self-inflicted way

the passage of time always ----- on "conservatives"
always has, always will

HAHA!

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-11-16 02:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet.

The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months.

That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47."

www.washingtonpost.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-16 04:30 PM | Reply

He got incredibly lucky.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-16 04:39 PM | Reply

He got incredibly lucky.

Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-16 04:39 PM | Reply

I thought the SCOTUS took care of Menendez when they ruled in favour of the former Virginia Governor.

Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-14 03:46 PM | Reply

I told you so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-16 04:42 PM | Reply

His Israel love and Cuba hate haven't endeared him to Dems in the first place, now he's going to have a limited time left in the Senate. His best asset is he isn't a GOPher.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-16 05:08 PM | Reply

"Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial"

Now imagine the response from a Roy Moore fanatic... err, supporter or the mighty holy roller himself, Roy the girl toy boy, had this kind of thing just happened to Roy Moore.

They would be declaring, no they would be yelling, or chanting, nope... singing and shouting to the rafters how it was a conspiracy and a political witch hunt from "THEM" (or is it "US"?) who are determined destroy the country's morals and undermine God's Great Plan and how it was obviously God's judgement now that he be set free to save America from itself and or the gays and transgenders or the "liberal agenda" (or some such nonsense).

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-16 05:29 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses
Actually a person got away with a crime. What does that have to do with a Political party?
So you support criminals?

#8 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-11-16 10:08 PM | Reply

"Actually a person got away with a crime."

Not according to the jury.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-16 10:09 PM | Reply

If he had any decency he would resign his seat and take himself out of the picture. Guilty or innocent, he has lost the trust of the public.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-11-16 11:44 PM | Reply

Reality: when Democrats get a break America gets a break. We need every Democrat right now as the Republicans are trying to allow the oligarchs and the corporations to slash taxes on themselves while raising them on the rest of us.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-17 06:58 AM | Reply

American Justice is a for profit system. Money talks and the poor are sent to jail, usually.

#12 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-17 08:11 AM | Reply

I bet that one that at least one juror will be driving a new car shortly.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-17 09:29 AM | Reply

Sully, that would SHOCK me. I can't imagine bribery played a role in this hung jury. Far more likely it was the complexity of the evidence and murkiness of the lines that were crossed and who actually crossed them. When a person is skating on a thin line honest minds may differ as to when the line has been crossed.

#14 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-11-17 11:20 AM | Reply

It's NJ, Moderate.

#15 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-17 11:57 AM | Reply

He's guilty and everyone knows it. The peoblem is that Congress constantly monkeys around with the laws to make themselves virtually impervious to prosecution for any crime. Case in point. Insider trading. They all do it. But can't be prosecuted for it because they make the laws that govern both themselves and the rest of us.

It just another good rrason for term limits.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-11-18 11:15 AM | Reply

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