A judge has dismissed seven counts of corruption against Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
A judge has dismissed seven counts in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a longtime friend: http://apne.ws/lng5FiQ
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed seven counts in the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez and a longtime friend, leaving 11 counts remaining for a retrial
From The AP:
A judge on Wednesday dismissed seven counts in the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez and a longtime friend, leaving 11 counts remaining for a retrial this year after the first trial ended in a hung jury.
The seven counts all dealt with alleged bribery involving political donations to the New Jersey Democrat by Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
Defense lawyers had argued those donations had to be tied to specific acts by Menendez to be considered bribes. That’s a higher standard than the one applied to gifts Melgen gave to Menendez over the years.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William Walls wrote that the government failed to demonstrate in the seven counts that there was an explicit quid pro quo, or “this for that” agreement.
The indictment alleged Menendez had conversations and meetings with executive branch officials to help Melgen in a $9 million Medicare billing dispute and a port security contract in the Dominican Republic involving one of his companies.