U.S. v. Menendez et al.
After a 10-week federal criminal trial of client Dr. Salomon Melgen and his longtime friend US Senator Robert Menendez, Judge William H. Walls of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey declared a mistrial. According to press interviews of the jurors, the jury deadlocked after voting 10 to 2 in favor of acquitting both men on all 18 counts, which included charges of bribery, honest services fraud, Travel Act violations, false statements, and conspiracy. This was the first trial of a sitting US Senator in almost four decades.
Following the mistrial, the prosecution announced that it would seek a retrial. Five days later, the Court partly granted a still-pending defense motion and acquitted Dr. Salomon Melgen and US Senator Robert Menendez of all bribery charges involving Dr. Melgen's First Amendment-protected political contributions. Because of those acquittals, the prosecution requested that the case be dismissed, and the Court dismissed all charges with prejudice.
The prosecution was brought by the US Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section. Dr. Melgen's defense team was led by attorneys Kirk Ogrosky and Murad Hussain, and included counsel from Kobre & Kim LLP.