Menendez Mistrial

Avoiding a likely significant sentence that could have resulted in a de facto life sentence, a mistrial was declared in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial.  Over 97% of federal criminal cases are resolved through a guilty plea.  Of the remaining 3% that go to trial, 2.4% result in guilty verdicts.  Thus, Sen. Menendez’s mistrial is a very rare outcome,  which occurs only 0.6% of the time.  While the DOJ could retry him, reports indicate that jurors were in favor of an acquittal 10 to 2, making a retrial unlikely.

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