Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen 'at the earliest possible date'
20 January, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Kim Reid
In 2015, Menendez was indicted on 18 counts of corruption, bribery and fraud for accepting bribes from a wealthy Florida donor and long-time friend in exchange for official favors. A statement released by the senator's office said that he "fully intends to be vindicated - again". Menendez is up for reelection in November, although he has not officially announced his candidacy.
Menendez's lawyers also contended also that the government failed to establish a direct connection between Melgen's gifts and specific actions taken by the senator.
"We regret that the DOJ, after spending millions and millions of taxpayer dollars, and failing to prove a single allegation in a court of law, has chose to double down on an unjust prosecution", Menendez's office said in a statement.
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"The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date", reads a notice submitted by Annalou Tirol, the acting chief of the Justice Department's public integrity section. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him.
The first trial began the week of Labor Day and lasted until mid-November.
Democrats who closely watched Menendez's first trial as they weighed bids for his office, including former Sen.
"The decision to retry this case was made based on the facts and the law, following a careful review", the Justice Department said in a statement. "Evidently, they did not hear the overwhelming voices of the New Jerseyans who served on the jury this fall. Sen". Walls declared a mistrial after individually interviewing members of the jury when it remained deadlocked. Instead, he claimed that he tried to help Melgen out of the goodness of his heart.
The weeks-long trial brought several dramatic moments, particularly when a juror who was dismissed for a planned vacation told reporters during deliberations that the jury was divided in the case, and that she thought Menendez should be found not guilty. Another was a dispute over port security equipment involving a company Melgen owned in the Dominican Republic.
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