After a dismissed juror told reporters she thought Menendez and Melgen were innocent, defense lawyers said the judge should declare a mistrial.
Judge William Walls charged the jury in the Menendez trial. Deliberations expected to begin Monday.
After six weeks and more than 30 witnesses, the prosecution finally rested its case Wednesday.
Sen. Menendez has his day in court. Helping convicts get back home. Testimony the Transportation Trust Fund can survive. And expanding medical marijuana to include trauma victims.
Sen. Bob Menendez made his first court appearance in Newark Thursday where he entered a plea of not guilty to the 14 counts against him.