Defense Rests in Menendez Case, Motion for Mistrial Fails

NJTV News | October 31, 2017 | Politics
Closing arguments likely to begin on Wednesday, jury could start deliberations later this week

The defense in the bribery and corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez rested yesterday. And, with closing arguments likely to begin on Wednesday, the case could go to the jury late this week.

Judge William Walls denied a defense motion for a mistrial. Defense lawyers argued, in documents filed Sunday, that “at key moments through this trial, the court’s rulings have been unfairly prejudicial, inconsistent and contrary to law.” But Judge Walls said the defense had not met the high bar needed for a mistrial.

Menendez is accused of lobbying for Dr. Salomon Melgen, his friend and co-defendant, with Medicare, on another business matter, and on visas for Melgen’s girlfriends. The government charges that, in return, Melgen gave Menendez gifts, vacations, and campaign donations.

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