United States to retry Sen. Menendez on bribery, corruption charges: filing

Gladys Abbott
January 22, 2018

MenendezCongress must provide flexible funding for owners of repeatedly flooded properties Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case MORE (D-N.J.) on corruption charges after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in November.

The filing to the judge on Friday seeks a retrial of the Democrat "at the earliest possible date".

Prosecutors say the senator helped obtain visas for Melgen's foreign girlfriends, pressured federal officials to resolve a multimillion-dollar Medicare billing dispute in Melgen's favor, and pushed an assistant secretary of state to advance Melgen's interests in a port-security contract dispute with the Dominican Republic. If they wanted to, he said, they should "bring it on".

U.S. District Judge William Walls declared the mistrial on November 16, 2017, after more than six full days of deliberations that had to be re-started midway through when a juror was replaced. Prosecutors had accused the senator of accepting bribes from Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy ophthalmologist in Florida, in return for political favors. The first trial lasted more than two months.

The case against Menendez marked the first time in nearly a decade that a sitting US senator faced a federal bribery charge.

"We are very disappointed that this Justice Department would retry this case", said Kirk Ogrosky, counsel to Melgen.

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Menendez is up for reelection this year. Six of the counts against Menendez are for bribery, three are for honest services fraud, and his close friend Salomon Melgen is again a co-defendant in the trial.

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But in November a 12-person jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the bribery, conspiracy, fraud or false statements charges facing the two men.

"Certain elements of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and of our state cannot stand, or even worse, accept that the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County could grow up to be a United States senator and be honest", said the 63-year-old son of Cuban immigrants.

The Menendez case was the first major federal bribery trial since the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 threw out the conviction of Republican former Gov.

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