Ju­rors say they can’t reach ver­dict in Me­nen­dez bribery trial

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Ju­rors in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Me­nen­dez, D-N.J., have sent the judge a note say­ing they “can’t reach a unan­i­mous ver­dict on any of the charges.” The judge has ex­cused the ju­rors for the day and told them to re­turn Tues­day to con­tinue de­lib­er­at­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the Demo­cratic sen­a­tor took gifts from a wealthy Florida donor be­tween 2006 and 2013 in ex­change for po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence.

Me­nen­dez and the donor have de­nied any bribery ar­range­ment and say gifts were an out­growth of their long­time friend­ship.

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