Menendez Trial: Lawyers Spar over How Judge Will Instruct Jury

NJTV News | November 1, 2017 | Politics
Defense and prosecution attorneys spend day haggling over what directive judge should give jury

Lawyers in the bribery and corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez spent yesterday scrapping with Judge William Walls over the precise instructions that the judge will give the jury; the jury had the day off.

Walls said that he will rely on the U.S. Supreme Court McDonnell decision — named after former Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell (R), who was convicted of bribery for accepting gifts from a friend in return for official acts on that friend’s behalf. (The Supreme Court threw out the conviction, saying the jury had not been properly instructed on what constituted an “official act,” but the McDonnell decision ultimately narrowed the definition of “official acts.”)

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