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.
on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.