Americans across the country have been frustrated the last few years watching Democrats escape punishment for some pretty serious infractions. We all know about how Obama’s FBI let Hillary Clinton off the hook and basically rewrote the law in their own minds by doing so. Recently, we have learned about some very sketchy things the Obama administration was up to while Trump was running for president.
That made it even more frustrating when Dem. Sen. Bob Menendez escaped a corruption conviction recently thanks to a hung jury.
The corruption trial of New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on
Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges.
Menendez, 63, a longtime fixture in the state’s political circles who first joined the Senate in 2006, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors.
The hung jury was a victory for Menendez and a major setback for federal prosecutors in what was the Justice Department’s first high-profile corruption trial since a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year limited its ability to bring such cases.
That’s how the justice system works sometimes. But, it’s still a bummer.
The jury was deadlocked 10-2 with 10 jurors thinking Menendez should walk free.
Conventional wisdom suggests Menendez wouldn’t be retried.
Conventional wisdom was wrong.
From Washington Examiner:
The Department of Justice intends to retry a corruption case against Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, two months after a jury failed to come to a verdict.
“The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date,” said the notice of intent, signed by Annalou Tirol, acting chief of the public integrity section. “An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”
Well, well, well.
Looks like Jeff Sessions isn’t messing around here.
From Fox News:
The mistrial brought an inconclusive end to the two-and-a-half month trial.
But Former federal and state corruption prosecutor Daniel Alonzo told Fox News he isn’t surprised by the DOJ announcement.
“This decision is not surprising. The government believed in its case when it brought the charges, believed in it when it went to the jury, and obviously believes in it now. Although it’s not always the case, retrials usually favor the prosecution, which uses the experience of the first trial to try to fix weaknesses in the case and anticipate defense arguments the second time around.
Menendez is up for re-election to the U.S. Senate this year.
Looks like we are gearing up for round two.
We will have to wait and see what happens but the Justice Department clearly thinks they can make a stronger case this time than before.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]