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Menendez Trial: Defense Calls for Mistrial, Senators Show Up in Support

Tempers rise, judge slaps down claim that he has impeded attorneys’ efforts on behalf of senator and co-defendant

The defense motioned for a mistrial in the bribery and corruption case of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen yesterday. Defense attorneys charged that Judge William Walls had impeded their case.

But the judge was having none of it. He asked Abbe Lowell, Menendez’s attorney, “Are you charging judicial misconduct?” To which Lowell replied, “If that’s how you want to characterize it.” Ruling against the effort, Judge Walls said, “I’m not really impressed by your argument about what I’ve done or haven’t done that warrants a mistrial.”

Earlier, the defense brought in U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to testify on Menendez's behalf. Graham later reprised his testimony for reporters, saying, “I disagree with him politically, but I think he’s a very honest, honorable guy.” Menendez was moved to tears outside the courtroom by his colleagues’ supportive words.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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