The Department of Justice intends to retry a corruption case against Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, two months after a jury failed to come to a verdict.
“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,” said the notice of intent, signed by Annalou Tirol, acting chief of the public integrity section. “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.”
A jury deadlocked on Nov. 16, 2016 after a two-and-a-half month trial against Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen.
Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges in 2015 related to favors he did for Melgen — an ophthalmologist — and gifts he received from him.
Menendez, who stepped down as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is up for re-election this year. He was indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly impaneled in the District of New Jersey.