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Judge Refuses to Drop Sen. Menendez Bribery Charges, Sending Trial to a Jury

Judge Refuses to Drop Sen. Menendez Bribery Charges, Sending Trial to a Jury

18 counts of bribery and corruption head to a jury

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/corruption-trial-us-sen-bob-menendez-enters-3rd-49765974

Embattled Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez will now face a jury for 18 counts of bribery and corruption after a federal judge refused to drop any of the charges Monday.

This is the second time Menendez’s request to dismiss the charges has been denied.

From North Jersey:

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial will move forward after a federal judge on Monday declined to throw out any of the 18 charges against the Democratic senator and his co-defendant Salomon Melgen.

The highly anticipated ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls had the potential to deliver Menendez a legal and political victory in his years-long fight against the allegations while also undermining a legal theory federal prosecutors have used for years to build bribery cases against public officials.

…While certainly disappointing for Menendez, the judge’s ruling doesn’t necessarily mean that the senator’s defense is doomed. Walls was ruling on a defense motion arguing that prosecutors, who rested their case last week, had failed to present enough evidence to prove their accusations.

So-called Rule 29 motions are allowed in any criminal case, although dismissals on that basis are rare. As Walls explained, in ruling on the motion he had to consider the available evidence “in a light most favorable to the government.”

Menendez’s fate in the courtroom is now back in the hands of the jury.

The trial thus far has been interesting, with the prosecution alleging, among other things, that Menendez used his office to help his mega-donor friend’s girlfriends (yes, plural) with their entrance visas.

If you’re just now catching up on the Menendez trial and allegations, this is a great primer:

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Comments

The various species of leftist pigs are on full display these days.

Fun drinking game. Pull up a story about this on a non-conservative outlet and take a drink for every paragraph they go without mentioning he’s a Democrat.

WARNING – this may cause alcohol poisoning if done with hard liquor.

“Embattled Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez…”

How in the world is it that hillary clinton is not legally “embattled?”

Has Menendez put on his defense case yet? This issue may come back again after he closes and before it goes to the jury.

    DM in reply to EBL. | October 17, 2017 at 11:13 am

    The so called Rule 29 motion is somewhat proforma. Most defense attys use it repeatedly. It will not doubt be used again once the defense rests or presents information they think exonerates the defendant. It will/could be used again before the case goes to the jurors. The defense will want to get it on record as many times as possible.

Who does he think he is ,,, Hillary ?? I do wonder when he is going to play the Race Card ??

I hope this is the first of many such trials.

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