NBC News reports:
Federal prosecutors are seeking to retry U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after an earlier trial ended in a deadlocked jury last fall.
The U.S. District Court in New Jersey filed its notice of intent Friday to retry the Democrat senator along with Florida doctor Salomon Melgen.
“An early retrial date is the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the court’s earliest convenience,” court filings said.
The judge in Menendez’s trial declared a hung jury after more than six full days of deliberations. Ten of 12 jurors wanted to acquit the senator, but two disagreed.
JUST IN: DOJ announces intent to retry Senator Menendez: pic.twitter.com/vt6GgJ0370
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) January 19, 2018
BREAKING: Federal prosecutors have notified the court that they intend to retry Sen. Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges and have requested the earliest possible retrial date.
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 19, 2018
Surely there’s a well-qualified, competent, not-under-indictment, not-insanely-hawkish New Jersey Democrat who’d like to run in a primary against Bob Menendez…?
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 19, 2018
Menendez team said after the mistrial he would announce his decision to run again within weeks. Hasn’t happened yet
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) January 19, 2018