Me­nen­dez jury split a 6th day

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A JUDGE told dead­locked ju­rors in Sen. Bob Me­nen­dez’s bribery trial on Tues­day to “take as much time as you need” to try to reach a ver­dict on 18 counts against the New Jer­sey Demo­crat and his wealthy friend.

The panel spent the day de­lib­er­at­ing, but fin­ished with­out reach­ing a ver­dict. In all, the jury has de­lib­er­ated for five full days and part of a sixth.

The panel sent a note to Ne­wark Fed­eral Judge Wil­liam Walls on Mon­day say­ing they couldn’t reach a unan­i­mous ver­dict on any of the counts. On Tues­day, Walls told them to take their time: “This is not re­al­ity TV. This is real life.”

Me­nen­dez and a doc­tor pal are charged with bribery, fraud and con­spir­acy.

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