Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Why Menendez Case is 'Uphill Battle' for Prosecutors

Why Menendez Case is 'Uphill Battle' for Prosecutors

"If Democrats don't call for a convicted felon to resign immediately and instead force taxpayers to keep paying his salary, that's a debate we're ready to have". "You are not alone".

"Sen. Menendez believed that every action he took...was proper on the facts he heard, on the law and policy that was involved", Lowell said, adding that these actions "were recommended to him by experienced staff, including lawyers". Menendez's meetings with government officials - though they could have aided Melgen's business interests - were "what members of Congress do" and were meant to influence future policy, he said.

Prosecutors have said that the two men had email exchanges that would prove "Menendez's considerable efforts to pressure the Executive Branch on Melgen's behalf". Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska was the last sitting US senator to go on trial.

The start of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey "sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn't afford".

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Saloon Melgen, 59, is a Florida ophthalmologist and Dominican native who settled in the United States in 1980. Justice Department attorney Peter Koski described Menendez pressuring government officials to help Melgen with securing visas for his foreign girlfriends and intervening in a lucrative port security contract in the Dominican Republic and a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute.

If convicted on some of the dozen charges against him, Menendez faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. Booker was in court on Wednesday to support him.

Menendez, 63, who has served in the Senate since 2006, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Defense attorneys may claim that the interactions between Melgen and Menendez do not rise to that level. The fund has raised more than $3.2 million since he was indicted in April 2015.

Opening statements were delayed Wednesday to seat one regular juror and two alternate jurors.

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"Quite frankly, your honor, that language is extremely prejudicial to the defense and it comes form the court". Judge William Walls on Wednesday also ruled that there should be six alternate jurors, instead of four. Their children referred to Menendez and Melgen as uncles, Lowell said. Similarly, Menendez's interest in port security in the Dominican Republic stemmed from a concern that potential USA -supplied screening equipment wouldn't be used correctly, he said.

The story, titled "Menendez Trial Set to Begin With Tensions High and Washington Watching", referred to Menendez as "Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey", "Mr. Menendez, a senior senator", "Mr. Menendez" and "the senator", but it did not include the word "Democrat".

Menendez is on trial along with Dr. Salomon Melgen, his long time political contributor and ally. Gov. Chris Christie, the New Jersey Republican governor, would have the power to appoint a new senator, between now and January 2018 when Christie's term ends. If he loses, things could get really interesting.

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