Feds drop corruption case against Sen. Robert Menendez D

The Justice Department Wednesday filed to dismiss its remaining charges against Sen. Bob Menendez likely bringing the legal case against the New Jersey Democrat to a close

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First indicted in 2015, the case against Senator Menendez ended in a mistrial a year ago when federal prosecutors failed to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Walls' decision came days after the Justice Department said earlier this month that it meant to retry Menendez after Walls declared a mistrial in the corruption case in November.

Another former US prosecutor, Lee Vartan, said that the case was weak from the start and that the Justice Department shouldn't have pursued a retrial.

Menendez, who denied all the charges, was accused of accepting favors from Melgen, which allegedly included a dozen flights on the doctor's private jet to a resort in the Dominican Republic, a three-night stay in a pricey Paris Hotel, and more than $700,000 in political contributions to both the senator and the Democratic party.

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"From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail", Menendez said in a statement Wednesday. Bob McDonnell, which narrowed the definition of corrupt acts by public officials.

Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Menendez with the firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, applauded the move, which followed a 15-minute conference this morning before U.S. District Judge William Walls. The first trial for Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen ended in a hung jury last November.

A lawyer for Menendez said the senator was "pleased and grateful" about the decision.

Menendez, in turn, allegedly tried to help Melgen get United States visas for his girlfriends, brought his influence to bear in an $8.9 million billing dispute with Medicare and helped out with a port security contract in the Dominican Republic. Afterward, jurors said they had voted overwhelmingly for acquittal.

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In a big personal victory for Senator Robert Menendez - and, indirectly, for Democratic hopes of a successful 2018 midterm election - the Department of Justice has formally filed a court motion to drop its corruption case against the embattled New Jersey lawmaker. The spokeswoman said the Justice Department's decision was prompted by a judge's decision last week to acquit Mr. Menendez of some of the charges.

Melgen was separately convicted of a Medicare fraud in Florida and is awaiting sentencing in that case in July.

"We take no pleasure in seeing justice done at this stage in a case that should never have been brought", Ogrosky said.

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