The eleven-week-long corruption trial of U.S. Sen Bob Menendez and his co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen ended yesterday when Judge William Walls declared a mistrial. Menendez and Melgen were accused of bribery, trading lavish gifts and contributions for official favors.
Speaking outside the courthouse, lead defense attorney Abbe Lowell said the government had put “a real 25-year friendship on trial” at a cost to taxpayers of millions of dollars.
Addressing reporters, an emotional Menendez said that “certain elements of the FBI and of our state cannot understand, or even worse, accept that the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County can grow up to be a United States senator and be honest.”
The U.S. Justice Department must now decide whether it wants to re-try the case.
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A defense attorney discusses the case and the possibility of a re-trial with NJTV anchor Mary Alice Williams and chief political correspondent Michael Aron.
For further coverage of the trial’s conclusion, go to nj.com.