WASHINGTON – Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) will be spared another public corruption trial pursuant to a request federal prosecutors made on Wednesday.
The request comes a week after a federal judge in Newark, N.J., tossed the bribery charges listed in the indictment.
In November the Menendez trial ended in a hung jury. A hung jury results in the dismissal of charges but is neither a finding of guilt nor innocence, and therefore gives prosecutors the option to retry a defendant.
Menendez was accused of accepting over $600,000 in campaign contributions as well as free vacation travel and lodging from donor and longtime friend Dr. Solomon Melgen.
Prosecutors alleged that in exchange for the contributions and gifts, Menendez used his office to help secure travel visas for Melgen’s girlfriends and steer a $500 million port security contract in the direction of a partner company.
Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud in April and is awaiting sentencing.