USA to Retry Robert Menendez in Corruption Trial

20 January, 2018, 08:08 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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"An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court's earliest convenience", the Justice Department wrote in its filing Friday. Menendez's office says the government has chose to "double down on an unjust prosecution".

Menendez and his longtime friend, a Florida eye doctor named Salomon Melgen, were indicted in 2015 on bribery and corruption charges.

After November's hung jury, Menendez suggested that he was ready to run for reelection this November, despite polls showing voters don't want him to.

"I think that they will be carefully reviewing what they thought happened, and trimming and cutting where they think it makes sense to", Petalas said.

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"The conduct alleged in the indictment is serious and warrants retrial before a jury of citizens in the District of New Jersey", the statement said". "Senator Menendez fully intends to be vindicated-again".

Mr. Menendez's office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

After the first jury deadlocked in the case, one of the jurors told The Washington Post that the government didn't have enough evidence to support its charges.

Menendez, a senior lawmaker, has spent years fighting the charges.

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Democrats who closely watched Menendez's first trial as they weighed bids for his office, including former Sen.

Kirk Ogrosky, an attorney for Melgen, said they are "disappointed that this Justice Department would re-try the case".

After the mistrial, Menendez quickly reengaged in his Senate duties - especially on immigration, an issue of special importance given that he is the longest-serving Latino in the chamber. Dr. Melgen was charged in the case, but jurors also deadlocked on the charges against him.

Mr. Menendez had been charged with 12 counts of corruption, including six counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud.

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The accusation has held that Menéndez accepted "flights in private jets and commercial planes, numerous vacations in the millionaire's villa in the Dominican Republic, hotel nights in Paris and contributions to his campaign in exchange for favors".

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