Menendez jury resumes as possible mistrial looms

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez will resume deliberations a day after they told the judge they are at an impasse.

The panel sent a note to the judge on Monday afternoon saying they can’t reach a unanimous verdict on any of the 18 counts in the indictment against Menendez and a wealthy friend.

The judge told them to sleep on it and return Tuesday morning.

The trial is in its 11th week. Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (MEHL’-genn) are charged with running a bribery scheme between 2006 and 2013 in which Menendez traded his political influence for luxury vacations and flights on the doctor’s private plane.

Both men deny the charges and contend they are longtime friends who never had a bribery agreement.