>> A mistrial has been declared in the corruption trial of New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, the jury unable to agree on a verdict. Menendez stood accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions, and other gifts from wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors between 2006 and 2013.
But lawyers for the defendants told the jury that neither man had done anything wrong. They said their actions stemmed from a close brotherly relationship. If found guilty on all charges, Menendez could have faced a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. And there could have been political ramifications as well.
Including the possibility of his seat being awarded by Republican Governor Chris Christie to another republican there by bolstering Joe Pea strength in the closely divided senate. Prosecutors have not said whether they'll put Menendez on trial again.