A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday tossed the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a Florida eye doctor after prosecutors opted to dismiss the remaining charges in the wake of a ruling acquitting the two men of charges that they exchanged political donations as bribes.
Prosecutors gearing up for the retrial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida eye doctor face the difficult task of beating the defense that the two men were longtime friends and convincing a jury that they engaged in a bribery scheme without any “smoking gun” evidence, attorneys say.
Prosecutors said Friday that they plan to retry U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist on corruption charges in New Jersey federal court after a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial last fall.
The coming year will see a slew of corruption trials in New York, continued criminal cases against college coaches and apparel company representatives, and the U.S. Department of Justice's continued pursuit of big cases overseas.
New Jersey’s federal and state courts served as key legal battlegrounds in the health care, competition and consumer protection realms this year, and hosted white collar prosecutions that ended with a congressman’s mistrial and a lawyer facing prison time. Here’s a look at four notable cases that taught lawyers a thing or two in 2017.
A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous decision on any charges, with the panel divided over whether the two men engaged in a bribery scheme or were just friends.
Defense counsel challenged Tuesday how a New Jersey federal judge deviated from a model instruction in telling jurors to continue deliberations in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist, but the jurist said he is not bound by the model charge.
The jurors hearing the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist said Monday that they were deadlocked on all charges, leading a New Jersey federal judge to tell them to break for the day, “clear your heads” and resume deliberations Tuesday morning.
A juror excused on the third full day of deliberations in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist predicted Thursday the jury would be unable to reach a verdict, telling reporters she believed the two men were not guilty.
The first full day of jury deliberations in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist ended without a verdict Tuesday after one juror asked a question about a defense attorney’s comments regarding what it means to be a senator.