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Menendez Mistrial Leaves U.S. With Choice: Retry or Give Up?

  • Prosecutors will weigh strength of case, odds of winning
  • Justice Department has spotty record on public corruption
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The mistrial in the corruption case of Senator Robert Menendez leaves prosecutors with a vexing decision: Retry him or fuhgeddaboudit?

The U.S. government will weigh many factors after jurors failed to reach unanimous agreement on any of the 18 counts in a 2015 indictment of Menendez and his co-defendant, Salomon Melgen, a close friend and wealthy donor. U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial Thursday in Newark, New Jersey.