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Bob Menendez Trial: Prosecution Rests

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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) attends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on global efforts to defeat ISIS in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 12:57 PM

Prosecutors in Sen. Bob Menendez's trial on fraud and bribery charges rested their case Wednesday, after six weeks of testimony, Fox News reported.

Menendez and his co-defendant, eye doctor Salomon Melgen, each face 18 counts of fraud and bribery charges in the trial.

The New Jersey Democrat was indicted in 2015 on charges he took official action on behalf of a longtime friend who had given him gifts and campaign donations, including flights aboard a luxury jet and a Paris vacation.

Both have pleaded not guilty and now it is up to U.S. District Judge William Walls to decide whether the trial should continue or be dismissed upon arguments from the defense that allegations against Menendez do not meet the definition of an "official act" as laid out in accordance to a 2016 Supreme Court ruling.

Referencing Chief Justice Robert's ruling, Walls said he saw it as invalidating the "stream of benefits" theory of bribery.

"The point is this: Does 'stream of benefits' still live?" Judge Walls said to Peter Koski, the lead prosecutor in the case, according to The New York Times.

"If 'stream of benefits' still lives, then you still have a chance. You still have a chance even if 'stream of benefits' doesn't live, particularly with regards to false reports."

Wells questioned the link between the gifts which Menendez had been accused of soliciting and receiving, The Philadelphia Enquirer noted.

"What I want to know is, what's the quid for those quos, or vice versa?" Walls asked.

A ruling on the motion to dismiss the case was not issued on Wednesday.

Instead Walls will now mull over the briefs filed by both sides and resume the debate on Monday.

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