Only two weeks earlier, prosecutors had filed notice to the court they meant to keep pursuing the case after the first trial ended in a hung jury. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, with corruption, acknowledging that recent court rulings left them with a weakened case.
"The United States has determined that it will not retry the defendants on the remaining charges", a Justice Department spokeswoman said in an email.
Prosecutors abandoned the case after a judge last week threw out the bribery charges related to Melgen's campaign donations. "But in either event, I have every expectation to be fully exonerated".
"Dr. Melgen is now and has always been innocent of the charges brought in New Jersey".
After the mistrial, one juror said the panel had favored acquittal on most of the 18 counts by a 10-2 margin.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Menedez carried out "official favors" for his friend and Democratic donor Melgen in exchange for private jet flights, vacations, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Bob Menendez on corruption charges that ended in a hung jury last fall, lifting the legal cloud hanging over the New Jersey Democrat as he gears up for re-election this year to the closely divided Senate.
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Menendez, in a prepared statement, said, "From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail". "I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to reevaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion". Eleven charges remained before Wednesday's decision, including bribery, fraud and conspiracy.
Now, Menendez will have some time to fix his standing among voters, while Republicans decide whether it's worth the trouble to find a viable challenger and launch an expensive effort to oust him in a bad year and a bad state for them.
"Any time you have a political corruption case that doesn't include a cooperating witness, you've got a hard case to prove", Mintz said. Both denied the allegations, and their 11-week trial ended in November with the jury hopeleslly deadlocked. Such requests from prosecutors to drop charges are nearly always granted.
"Given the impact of the court's January 24 order on the charges and the evidence admissible in a retrial, the United States has determined that it will not retry the defendants on the remaining charges", the Justice Department said in a statement.
"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", lawyers for the Government stated.