Justice Department seeks to toss out charges against Sen. Menendez

Justice Department seeks to toss out charges against Sen. Menendez

Justice Department seeks to toss out charges against Sen. Menendez

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) and filed a motion of dismissal of the indictment against him. Prosecutors said he took gifts from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, including a luxury hotel stay, private jet flights and campaign donations, in exchange for which he tried to help Melgen get USA visas for his girlfriends, intervened in the eye doctor's $8.9 million billing dispute with Medicare and assisted with a port security contract of Melgen's in the Dominican Republic.

That appeared to be a turning point for federal prosecutors, even though Walls left the rest of the government's case intact. "But in either event, I have every expectation to be fully exonerated".

Prosecutors spent more than two years building their case against Menendez, whose political career was upended in 2015 when a grand jury accused him of effectively selling his office so he could live a life of luxury he couldn't afford.

After an 11-week trial in Newark a year ago, a jury failed to reach a verdict on any of the counts against either man. Eleven charges remained before Wednesday's decision, including bribery, fraud and conspiracy.

In a statement, Melgen's attorney Kirk Ogrosky said his client "is now and has always been innocent".

Walls noted that Menendez may have been frustrated, not over Melgen's specific case, but that concerns he had voiced in 2009 over the multidosing policy at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid went unheeded. "We hope that this type of meritless case is never again brought by DOJ". One juror told reporters that the panel had been deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of acquittal.

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He also nixed was a fraud charge from the 18-count indictment involving a $300,000 donation that Melgen had made to the Senate Majority political action committee that was earmarked for New Jersey.

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Walls wrote in the 53-page opinion that prosecutors had failed to meet their legal standard to prove quid pro quo related to the charges.

The charges against Melgen were also dropped.

"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.

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