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Dershowitz: Politics 'Deeply Involved' in Menendez Case Outcome

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By    |   Friday, 08 September 2017 12:49 PM

Politics is "deeply involved" in the case against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., as both sides could benefit if he is convicted of corruption charges, Harvard Law Professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Friday.

"The Republican National Committee is putting pressure on Menendez to resign if he is convicted," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"We know that the Republican National Committee is trying to turn this into a political advantage because if he does resign, immediately, his replacement is named by the Republican governor."

However, if Menendez waits to resign depending on the outcome of an appeal, his replacement may be picked by a Democratic governor, if one replaces Gov. Chris Christie, who is in his last term of office, said Dershowitz.

"One thing we know for sure, this case will not end with a trial," Dershowitz said. "It will go to appeal because many of these cases result in initial convictions and are then reversed on appeal because of the law regarding corruption. What you need to get in return for what you give is very unclear and in a state of flux."

If Menendez is found guilty, "this case is going all the way up, probably to the United States Supreme Court," said Dershowitz.

The law professor said he does not know if Menendez is guilty or innocent, as that is up to the jury in the case, but he still finds the case an example of the "criminalization of political differences."

Meanwhile, on Thursday, U.S. District Judge William Walls, who is presiding over the case, warned prosecutors not to wage a "tabloid trial" and that he will not let them "swish and swash nonsensical scenarios that really don’t even make for a good pulp fiction story," according to wire reports.

Further, one of Menendez's attorneys claimed the trial was an attack on Hispanic Americans, and Dershowitz said it's a mistake to focus on ethnicity.

"I think the better tactic for the defendant would be to focus on the political implications of this," said Dershowitz. "I think when you make a charge of it being ethnic discrimination, you really have to have a great deal to back it up. And I don't see the evidence to back that up."

He said he does think Menendez' attorney would be better to present a case arguing that senators get gifts all the time and help their friends, and it would be better to emphasize friendships, not a "quid pro quo."

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Politics is "deeply involved" in the case against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., as both sides could benefit if he is convicted of corruption charges, Harvard Law Professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Friday.
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