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January 31, 2018

Prosecutors bail on Menendez corruption charges

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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his children Robert Menendez and Alicia Menendez leave the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J. on Nov 9, 2017, before a hung jury was declared in his corruption trial.

The long federal prosecution of U.S. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, is over.

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed a court motion to throw out all corruption charges after a judge eliminated some counts last week, the Associated Press reported. The senator's first trial ended in a hung jury in November.

Menendez is seeking a third term this year.

The 64-year-old Menendez was charged with trading his political influence for gifts and campaign donations from Salomon Melgen, 63, a Florida eye doctor. Both men had denied the charges.