No verdict on Menendez as juror is excused; deliberations begin anew Monday

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez arrives at court for his federal corruption trial in Newark, N.J., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

The third full day of jury deliberations in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menenendez ended Thursday without a verdict, and the panel of 12 is losing a member.

Jurors had deliberated all day Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the judge dismissed one panel member who had told him before the trial that she had a scheduled vacation beginning next week.

The judge named an alternate to take her place, and ordered the panel to start deliberations again on Monday. The trial is recessed Friday.

Menendez, a Democrat, and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen are accused of a bribery scheme in which Melgen flew Menendez on his private jet and paid for luxury hotels, allegedly in exchange for Menendez lobbying government officials on Melgen’s behalf.

Both men say there was no bribery arrangement.

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