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Judge declares mistrial in New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez bribery trial

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Menendez mistrialA federal judge declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon in the bribery trial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez after jurors said they were again deadlocked in the case.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell told U.S. District Judge William Walls that jurors remained unable to reach a unanimous decision — the second time in four days — even though they went through evidence slowly and thoroughly. Lowell said jurors had a strong difference in viewpoints since deliberations began seven days ago.

The trial against Menendez, a Democrat, was the first in 36 years to involve a sitting senator facing federal bribery charges, the most serious of which carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.

Prosecutors labeled the 63-year-old lawmaker as the "personal senator" to Florida ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is also on trial. Melgen was already found guilty in April of health care-related fraud.

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