Justice Officials Drop Case against Melgen, Menendez Following Moves by Judge

February 2, 2018: By Joan McKenna

Salomon Melgen

The US Justice Department will not retry former retina specialist Salomon Melgen and co-defendant New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges.

The decision was made public Jan. 31.

It reverses a court filing Jan. 19 in which prosecutors said they would seek a retrial as soon as possible.

After the filing, the presiding judge, William Walls, dismissed seven of the 18 counts in the indictment, leaving in place 11 charges. He also announced he would not oversee the new trial.

Justice officials noted the impact of Walls’ moves when they dropped the case.

Melgen continues to await sentencing in a separate case in Florida on Medicare fraud charges.

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