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Judge in Menendez Trial Denies Defense Motion to Dismiss

Defense argues that prosecution has failed to produce a ‘smoking gun’ proving NJ senator had traded favors for a specific gift

NJTV NewsA bitter defeat in court for Sen. Bob Menendez when the judge refused to throw out the case against him. Menendez (D-NJ) is on trial for bribery, conspiracy, and failing to report gifts and political donations from his friend and co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

The defense had argued the bribery charges should be dismissed, because prosecutors don’t have a proverbial “smoking gun” and no explicit proof that Menendez agreed to perform an official favor in exchange for a specific gift.

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