The Prosecution in the Bob Menendez Bribery Trial Just Got a Big Win

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2017 @2:48pm
The Prosecution in the Bob Menendez Bribery Trial Just Got a Big Win

U.S. District Judge William Walls declined to dismiss corruption charges against the embattled New Jersey Senator on Monday.

The judge in Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) corruption trial is allowing the trial to move forward after declining to dismiss the charges of corruption against the embattled New Jersey senator.

Menendez and co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, face 18 counts of fraud and bribery.

The prosecution in the case against Menendez has argued that Melgen donated substantial amounts to Menendez’s political campaigns as well as provided Menendez with lavish gifts. In return, Menendez helped Melgen with an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute

Politico previously reported about the possibility that the corruption charges would be dismissed:

“U.S. District Judge William Walls stunned federal prosecutors last week when he expressed doubts over whether the Justice Department’s bribery charges against Menendez should move forward in light of the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision throwing out the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. That ruling impacted the legal definition of bribery, including the “string of benefits” theory used by prosecutors to charge Menendez.”

Judge Walls, however, told Menendez’s defense attorney on Monday that “a rational jury could conclude that the defendants entered into a quid-pro-quo agreement.”

Bloomberg reported, on Monday:

“Walls said it’s the jury’s role, and not his, to decide whether Menendez took bribes to help Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, with an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute, a contract standoff with the Dominican Republic, and the approval of visas for three of the doctor’s girlfriends.”

The defense now will have to decide if Menendez will take the stand in a case that could impact more than Menendez’s freedom.

As previously reported, if Menendez is found guilty of these corruption charges, senate Democrats will face pressure to expel Menendez from the senate, possibly causing a shift in the balance of power in Washington, D.C.

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