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Menendez Judge Finds Senator Not Guilty on Some Counts

  • N.J. Democrat still faces bribery and fraud charges at retrial
  • U.S. District Court judge also removes himself from the case
Senator Robert Menendez.

Senator Robert Menendez.

Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg
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A judge tossed out four criminal counts against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat facing re-election this year, but left in place bribery and fraud charges that he will face at a retrial.

U.S. District Judge William Walls on Wednesday acquitted Menendez and a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, on seven of the 18 charges they faced at a trial that ended in a hung jury last November. The Justice Department said last week that it intended to retry both men in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Walls also told prosecutors and defense lawyers that he would no longer oversee the case.