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Judge Denies Dismissal, Dem Senator Heads To Trial For 18 Corruption Charges #o4a #Democrat

Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 16th, 2017

Judge William Walls owill not dismiss any of the 18 charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), reported The Associated Press.

Prosecutors rested their case last week in the federal corruption case against Menendez and his co-defendant, Salomon Melgen, after taking 18 days of testimony from 35 witnesses.

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Menendez pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted campaign donations, lavish gifts and vacations from Melgen, a Florida-based eye doctor, in return for the senator using his influence to benefit Melgen both personally and financially.

Prosecutors claimed during the trial that the senator had “sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn’t afford.”

Walls last week had reportedly cast doubt on the charges, but on Monday he said the “court concludes that a rational jury could determine that the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement.”

“The jury will decide whose version of what happened and what didn’t happen is more likely than not,” Walls said, according to Politico.

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