DOJ To Retry Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez

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.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Has anyone told them OJ’s black? I’m sure his retrial will be coming soon.

  • Silver Badger

    Sessions has way too much time on his hands.

    • Rambie

      Sessions is still trying to brown nose back into Trumps good graces.

    • Tawreos

      You would think baking all of those cookies would take up more of his time.

  • CraigNJ

    Menendez didn’t do anything that our “president” hasn’t done on a daily basis!

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Talk about setting the bar low…

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Rambie

      I can’t play videos at work. What did Fuckface Von Clownstick say today?

      • Gretchen

        That in some states babies are born in the ninth month from their mothers’ wombs, and it has to change. He’s speaking at an anti-abortion rally.

        • another_steve

          Lol.

          And I’m sure the crowd applauded.

        • Todd20036

          And no baby can even be aborted in the 9th month. By that point, the baby (even if dead) is delivered by C-section

      • The_Wretched

        He screwed up reciting an antiabortion talking point on so-called partial birth abortions. He instead described the regular giving birth and said it had to stop (making one wonder how he thinks babies get born at all).

        • prixator

          Yeah, I think he was supposed to say “torn” instead of “born” (i.e. “torn from mother’s womb”). It has to sound as frightening as possible.

    • Gretchen

      Aren’t pretty much all babies born in the ninth month from their mothers’ wombs in all states?

    • bkmn
    • Bluto
      • yes b’y

        that’s a keeper and I’m stealing it

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      ???!!!????!!!???!!! This is real? Not edited? OMG what a blithering idiot “very stable genius.”

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Is there ANY chance this isn’t ugly, vindictive and intentional? “The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch.” NASA gave no reason why, but we can speculate…

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42747272

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea34f1841ba3b3e798ca077e1fb3fc6ea1de923d29e359a0f74deb1743dbcbee.jpg

    • canoebum

      Yes, there is a chance. The reassignment could be for any of a number of reasons, health status included. Until NASA puts out a statement, we won’t know. I found nothing in a search which would indicate any specific act on her part which would trigger this. The work intended to be done by her replacement could have changed and been given a higher priority either by NASA or an outside agency.

    • Tomcat

      She was refusing the test of conception in space. Her grounds were she did not think an alien would be treated fairly by our government. Just in case./s

    • CJAS

      Wild guess: ‘casue she retweeted this:

      https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/952983336900878337

    • Prost Seattle

      If you squint, and don’t put your glasses on, you might think she looks like Michelle Obama. Isn’t that reason enough for Orange Julius Cæser?

      • Tawreos

        It’s Trump he doesn’t have to squint because he knows all of “those” people look alike.

  • Boreal
    • PickyPecker

      Ooo…that looks like it could be interesting.

      • Boreal

        I’ll let you know, if I remember.

        • PickyPecker

          8% alcohol content. 🙂 Was just reading some reviews on BeerAdvocate.

          • Boreal

            I don’t drink any beer less than 7% now. They taste like water to me. Most are 8-12% ABV.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            That sounds like wine, not beer, to me. 🙂

            Wait, you guys measure alcohol content differently, right?

          • Boreal

            As compared to which countries? Not sure. Liquor is measured by proof but beer by ABV.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            As compared to us in Canada. I seem to recall something about our beers having a different way of measuring alcohol. It might have changed, I dunno. 🙂

          • Boreal

            Ours used to be ABW (alcohol by weight) now we use the same ABV standard as Canada. When I was a youngun, I would hop in the car and roadtrip to Montreal to buy Brador because we still had prohibition era laws governing ABV and you couldn’t buy anything that strong here.

          • Lars Littlefield

            North Dakota used to have a local brewery that produced a 12% ale. Folks from Montana made a big deal about driving to the state line and buying as much of it as possible. It was made illegal for sale to Native Americans. Then the brewery went out of business in the mid 70s.

          • Boreal

            There are few local breweries here that make some 12% batches on a regular basis. Higher ABV definitely makes for a better flavor.

          • Lars Littlefield

            And a better buzz. 🙂

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            I’d wondered if it had changed. 🙂

            Damn, I don’t touch the high test beers. They don’t agree with my liver.

          • Boreal

            I always thought all beer tasted shitty because when I was young, most American made beer was shitty. While bourbon or vodka are the liquors I like, I’ve acquired an appreciation of fine beer over the last decade.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            I’m a fan of draft beer. 🙂

            What can I say, I enjoy pissing.

          • Boreal

            All beer makes me piss, draft or otherwise.

          • yes b’y

            that was strong

          • Boreal

            6% which at the time was considered quite strong. Also a malt liquor so packed a punch.

          • yes b’y

            it sure did

          • Lars Littlefield

            In Utah and the many states with similar alcohol restrictions, the content is 3.2%. If it’s higher than that it can only be sold in state-controlled liquor stores.

          • Boreal

            That used to be our limit here in NYS but all of the prohibition era laws for ABV have been lifted.

          • PickyPecker

            Convenience stores here can only sell ‘3.2’ beer here in IL. May as well get some water instead.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Wait? He was going to run again? What an idiot

  • another_steve
  • Tawreos

    10 wanted to acquit and 2 wanted to convict and the DOJ thinks those are good odds? Why don’t they just admit that they miss smearing Hillary so much that they need a substitute.

    • Tomcat

      They are NOT through with Hillary YET.

      • AmeriCanadian

        They never will be. Even when she has passed away there will be some Republican somewhere working his damnedest to smear her and sue her estate.

        • Tawreos

          They’ll like it better when she is gone since they won’t have her around to prove they are lying.

    • John30013

      It does seem political given those jury numbers. Assuming they can’t introduce any new evidence (if they even have such), do they think a different (or even the same) argument will persuade a different jury?

      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        It should seem political and that is what matters. Just putting the smear on again is the goal.

  • I thought double jeopardy was a thing?

    • KarenAtFOH

      Not for a mistrial.

    • WNY

      I think it was a mistrial because a unanimous verdict was not reached. So they can retry the case.

  • Boreal

    OT:
    Combating the opioid crisis by gutting the agency (drug policy office) that would combat it.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/18/trump-targets-drug-policy-office-297422

    • PickyPecker

      #WINNING

    • Tomcat

      Opioid crisis suppresses the vote, they like that.

      • Boreal

        I doubt most opioid addicts were regular voters.

        • The_Wretched

          Opioid addicts are a wide cross section of society. Just visit a metadone clinic and you’ll see about everyone. They look like a normal cross section of society.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Actually, it’s exactly the lower-middle working class who normally are cherished anchors of communities who are victims of the opioid crisis. Voters are dropping like flies.

          • Boreal

            Well I hope they are trump voters.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      Putting a 24 year old frat bro who lied on his resume and has no relevant experience is an awesome way to reduce deaths. /s

      • Boreal

        Sounds like an ideal trump appointee.

  • Lars Littlefield

    OT: Peter Mayle has died. Anyone who knows who he was is sad. Those that don’t, should be sad. RIP Monsieur Mayle.

    • PickyPecker

      Aww, that’s sad. RIP, Mssr. Mayle.
      http://www.gdprice.com/j/28568.JPG

      • Lars Littlefield

        I read A Year in Provence two years after its publication and decided I needed to go Provence. But I was too late. Too many of his fans had followed him and bought up the ancient stone building farms. Didn’t even need to speak any French, everyone was an English expat. But he inspired me to cash in the chips and find my own little paradise and settle in enjoying life. Much as I disliked the idea, I ended up in an equally beautiful part of the world despite it being in Mormon country. Fortunately, it’s so far out of the way even Mormons are not tempted to move here. I prefer all of the Navajos, Goshutes, and Hopis who wander through. Life is good

    • narutomania

      Thank you for sharing, Lars. I have read his Provence books about four times over. Hugely entertaining. And I’ve shared them with many others.

      R.I.P. Mr Mayle.

  • Leo
    • Harveyrabbit

      I’ve always said oily beaches can do wonders for the complexion.

  • R W C

    Geez, what’s that going to cost?

  • DrRobY

    He needs to resign. I didn’t believe this was the right decision until the other day.

  • patric2

    “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…?” This is where the focus of New Jersey Dems should be. While it’s true that the motives of Republicans on this are purely political and shameful, why risk the seat and, in any event, progressives can surely do better in New Jersey than Menendez.
    Aside from the fact that there is in fact significant evidence of corruption over the course of Menendez’s career (and that, now years ago, he voted both for DOMA and DADT), he more recently opposed President Obama on the Iran nuclear deal and on Cuba. New Jersey can do better. There’s an opportunity and it should not be missed.

  • Leo
    • Treant

      Sure, let’s just keep limping from CR to CR for the rest of Dotard’s turn.

  • clay
    • Treant

      2:35 isn’t a fail, it’s a win.

  • Boreal

    OT:
    Trump administration rescinds Obama guidance on defunding Planned Parenthood
    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/369723-trump-administration-rescinds-guidance-protecting-planned-parenthoods

  • bkmn
    • Tawreos

      The favorite republican pastime.

    • HZ81

      This will make up for Benghazi!!!

      • Boreal

        They can accuse Hillary of being complicit in Menendez’ corruption to give the base some red meat.

        • HZ81

          Ha, if they haven’t already. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

  • Leo
    • bkmn

      Which means Nunes is deeper in this than we know.

      • SoCalGal20

        He’s practically wearing a “Bought and paid for by Russia” sign as it is.

    • Dana Stinson

      What is this memo business?

  • bkmn
    • Karl Dubhe 2

      It would be news if they were prepared for something.

    • Treant

      Please. “Trump is completely unprepared for shutdownanything.” FTFY.

    • Boreal
    • JWC

      The Trump Administration was not prepared to govern why should this be any different

    • SoCalGal20

      How is this different from any other day?

    • Gigi

      Trump administration is completely unprepared for anything. #fixedit

  • bkmn
    • Leo

      But the Supreme Court just…? I’m so confused.

  • Treant

    Ten of twelve wish to acquit and yet you’re refiling? Somebody’s covering up the upcoming impeachment trials with a little both-siderism.

    • SoCalGal20

      This is probably going to go about as well as the Inauguration protest cases, a bunch of which the DOJ dropped today.

  • Leo
  • PickyPecker
    • fuzzybits
      • Jay George

        I feel kinda sorry for the choreographer.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          I hope he found a career that suited him better.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Same guy who did the Brady Kids, apparently.

        • The_Wretched

          The jump cuts are nauseating. The guys are way too skinny too.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        …and this… this is what happens when hetero men try to make outfits and dance moves… remember that at your kid’s bar mitzvah planning meeting….

      • Natty Enquirer

        This is the whitest thing I’ve seen all year.

  • Ninja0980

    They sure like wasting money don’t they?

    • bkmn

      When the money is not theirs? Yes.

      • Tulle Christensen

        replied to wrong post 🙁

      • Tawreos

        Actually they love to spend it when they control the check book. When the Dems are in control they treat every penny spent on anything other than the military as an abomination before their god.

  • Leo

    Worst Friday in months. All this shit going down. Whoo-sah.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • CB

      Hmmm. Can’t have too many social engagements. It’s either this or the Met Gala for me this year.

      • Harveyrabbit

        The alcohol is cheaper at the Met Gala.

        • Tulle Christensen

          less watered down too

    • Hank
  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • coram nobis

    Say, would a shutdown affect the US Attorney’s office trying to push this case?

    • Tawreos

      I doubt it since that could mean that many trials would be lost due to DOJ lawyers not being there.

      • coram nobis

        Although if Federal district court is also not in session it could be moot. And in any event, lawyers can file for extension or postponement.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Nope the lawyers just do not get a paycheck, they still have to be at court

  • GanymedeRenard

    This is somehow Obama’s fault, I swear! /s

  • Ninja0980

    One more thing..I’m of the mindset Menendez needs to go.
    Just because SCOTUS had made it next to impossible to convict someone of corruption now doesn’t mean he isn’t a slimeball that should be out of office.

    • Boreal

      I agree. I think he is sleazy and a dirtbag like him is going to do little to rock the boat in terms of addressing any corruption.

  • Leo
    • NowAnAgnostic

      Leader Schumer does not instill confidence in me.

  • Cackalaquiano

    OT but here’s one place y’all can strike off your “to visit” list…
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/roberts-county-year-pro-trump-town-america/story?id=52364233

    • PickyPecker

      TX is a youuge NO for me anyway.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Fuck it: I’ll go there.

      That town and its people are ugly as shit.

      • Treant

        You mean the place is a shithole.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          I’ve seen shits far better than that place.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Too late. I already done been thar. Twice.
      Someday remind me to tell you about my trip to Odessa.

      • Cackalaquiano

        Christ, I wandered into Odessa off the highway once when I was driving across the country. I’ve never been so instantly and deeply depressed in my life.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Yup. You’ve been there alright.

  • Leo
    • Treant

      Why would we want to stop it? It merely highlights the complete incompetence of this administration.

      (Long-time readers also know I’ll go to great lengths to not have to listen to Bernie as well. Asshole).

  • Blake J Butler

    WTF!!!

    I shouldn’t have watched that rawstory video about baby huey supporters arguing, one going back and forth yet they despise him yet still have no regrets.

    That is why kiddo’s we need to fight for the right to choose, biggest wastes of sperm to ever exist.

    I may need a drink.

  • Blake J Butler
  • Blake J Butler
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      And if those babies are brown, well, they’re not really babies…./s

    • GanymedeRenard

      Facepalm.
      Headdesk.

  • KP

    As Mueller moves in closer the cons get more erratic and desperate,expect more a lot more.

  • Hank

    Now that there is a Democratic Governor, in NJ, Sen. Menendez can retire and have a Democrat appointed to replace him! Hell, they forced Al Franken out, without a trial or going through the Ethics Committee for much less, in my opinion.

  • juanjo54

    10 to 2 to acquit? If it was the other way around I would expect a prosecutor to retry the case but 10 to acquit is usually a serious signal that your case sucks and you should just drop it. It would in most prosecutions. Og course, there is a political aspect here, isn’t there?