Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has a message for the Justice Division: Attempt to prosecute me once more on corruption expenses or drop it.
The New Jersey lawmaker, whose bribery trial led to a hung jury final month, stated Thursday that he needs the fees thrown out and is in search of a choice from authorities prosecutors by mid-January.
“We might have the power to current a movement to say prosecute or dismiss. And if you wish to prosecute, convey it on,” Menendez stated in an interview with Latino reporters through which he spoke about immigration and different points.
Menendez was charged with accepting free flights on a personal jet and luxurious holidays from his co-defendant and pal, Florida eye physician Salomon Melgen, in change for utilizing his political affect with government department officers. He has repeatedly denied the fees because the indictment was handed up in mid-2015.
After an eleven-week trial that started in early September, jurors deliberated for seven days with out reaching a verdict and U.S. District Decide William Partitions declared a mistrial on Nov. sixteen. A number of jurors stated afterward that as many as 10 members of the panel favored acquittal.
“They did not consider within the details; that they had some actually harsh phrases for the federal government,” Menendez stated. “You possibly can have a hung jury that is 10-2 towards you and two individuals simply could not agree, however when it is 10-2 for…