New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez somehow beat his corruption trial last fall. He’s not in the clear yet, though. Federal authorities have indicated that they are going to retry him as soon as they can.
Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date’
Two months after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the federal corruption case against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the Justice Department on Friday said it wants to retry them — and soon.
“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 the one-paragraph notice signed by AnnaLou Tirol, acting chief of the department’s public integrity section. “Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly impaneled in the District of New Jersey. The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. 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.”
Menendez, New Jersey’s senior senator, is up for reelection this year.
“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 decided to double down on an unjust prosecution,” read a statement from Menendez’s office.
Isn’t it funny how a Liberal Democrat is suddenly concerned about wasting taxpayer dollars?
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