Feds Tell Court They'll Retry Menendez in Wake of First Jury's Deadlock

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez leaves the federal courthouse in Newark N.J. Monday Nov. 13 2017

The Justice Department signaled its intention in a notice filed Friday in U.S. District Court, two months after the first trial of Menendez and Melgen ended in a mistrial. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist on corruption charges in New Jersey federal court after a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial last fall.

"An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, ". If they wanted to, he said, they should "bring it on".

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

Mr. Menendez is up for re-election in 2018, and while he has not officially announced that is running, he has given no indication that he intends to retire and following the trial a year ago he locked up every key endorsement in New Jersey.

Menendez is up for reelection in 2018.

A spokesman and a lawyer for Menendez did not immediately respond to requests for comment.




"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 made a decision to double down on an unjust prosecution", the statement said.

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in his November trial.

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 was accused of accepting bribes from political donor Salomon Melgen.

Prosecutors relied mostly on circumstantial evidence to prove their case - spending the opening weeks of the trial painting a jet-setting lifestyle of the rich and powerful before ultimately turning to the "official acts" they argued Menendez did to help his friend.

Both Menendez and Melgen have maintained their innocence.

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