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

Federal Prosecutors Announce Plans to Retry Senator Menendez

The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

"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", said the notice from Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Koski to U.S. District Judge William Walls, who presided over the first trial. "The only thing I can possibly think of is that you can't believe that a Latino kid who grew up poor and ultimately comes from this county that has a history - somehow, how does he get to be a US senator without doing things that are wrong?", the Senator said. "Evidently, they did not hear the overwhelming voices of the New Jerseyans who served on the jury this fall", she said.

The Justice Department plans to put Sen.

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

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On Friday the senator's office issued a statement batting away the case against Menendez as baseless.

Menendez, 64, is accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors. Both Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen are Hispanic. Menendez's office says the government has chose to "double down on an unjust prosecution".

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in his November trial. Another was a dispute over port security equipment involving a company Melgen owned in the Dominican Republic.

Melgen was convicted last April of 67 crimes including health care fraud, submitting false claims, and falsifying records.

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