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Sen. Bob Menendez Lawyers Seek Mistrial in Bribery Case

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By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 08:39 AM

Lawyers in the federal court bribery and corruption trial for Sen. Bob Melendez, D-N.J., declared in a filing that they would seek a mistrial, according to Politico. 

Menendez and co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen were charged in April 2015 with bribery, with the senator under allegations that he accepted hundreds of thousands in gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for using his position to help Melgen, a friend and donor of Menendez's.

Both have denied the allegations. Melgen already has been convicted for overbilling Medicare in a related case, Politico reported.

On Thursday, defense attorneys challenged U.S. District Judge William Walls and said they would seek a mistrial, but the judge is likely to rule against them, Politico's report said.

The attorneys are setting up grounds for an appeal in case of a conviction in the trial, Politico reported.

If Menendez is found guilty, he must resign his Senate seat. However, New Jersey is expected to elect a Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, next week, so he could appoint a Democrat to the position, keeping it out of Republican hands, Politico reported.

The Menendez lawyers' main complaint is that the judge did not allow defense witnesses to testify.

"At key moments through this trial, the court's rulings have been unfairly prejudicial, inconsistent, and contrary to law," the attorneys wrote in their complaint.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D- N.J., spoke on behalf of Menendez as character witnesses in the trial, according to NorthJersey.com.

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