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Senator Robert Menendez: Federal Prosecutors Misled Grand Jury in Bribery Case Against Him
By Jonathan Dienst
Published 5 hours ago



Sen. Robert "Pumpkinhead" Menendez is again accusing federal prosecutors of misleading the grand jury that voted to indict bribery charges against him.

In another round of court filings, attorneys for New Jersey’s senior U.S. senator also asked a judge to throw out the case because, they claim, leaks to the press tainted the entire process.

Menendez has maintained he has had a long friendship with Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen and that his acceptance of free private jet trips never influenced him. Even if it did, his lawyers said it was not a crime.

"Defendant’s repeatedly quoted the Supreme Court’s language that using gifts to ‘influence’ a legislator … is not a crime," Menendez’s court filing stated.

Defense attorneys also attacked prosecutors for repeating "scandalous allegations" about child prostitution in their court papers, even though they said those allegations against the senator "proved baseless" and were part of an initial smear campaign by an anonymous tipster.

Two weeks ago, prosecutors filed their own set of papers saying they have "clear evidence" of a bribe scheme between Menendez and Melgen.

But Menendez argues grand jurors were never asked in advance if they had heard about the unsubstantiated child sex allegations and whether those inflammatory allegations would have affected any decision to indict on the separate bribery questions. That failure to ensure grand jury impartiality is one key argument the senator is making for dismissal.

Prosecutors said this grand jury was handled like any other.

Prosecutors in an earlier court filing said they had a duty to investigate allegations of child sex abuse. But Menendez lawyers blasted the Justice Department’s use of inflammatory language in their court brief, which included the claim that initial reports about use of prostitutes appeared to be "specific" and "corroborated."

Defense lawyers said since the entire investigation started based on an unfair "smear," the case needs to be thrown out.

Judge William Walls is expected hear more arguments next week.

Prosecutors have alleged Menendez accepted gifts, free vacations and campaign cash from Melgen, and that in exchange, Menendez used his office to try to help Melgen with officials handling a Medicare fraud investigation, as well as Melgen’s efforts to secure a port security deal worth tens of millions of dollars.

Melgen and Menendez have pleaded not guilty to the bribery-related counts. Melgen has been charged separately in Florida on Medicare fraud counts.
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Menendez Corruption Trial on Hold Until Fall of 2016
By Geoff Mulvihill
Updated 38 minutes ago

U.S. Sen. Bob "Pumpkinhead" Menendez's corruption trial has been delayed, likely until the fall of 2016, after a judge decided Thursday to leave time for appeals on pre-trial motions that could be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge William Walls announced the date change after attorneys for Menendez argued in court Thursday that the corruption case against him should be dismissed on multiple grounds.

The main argument is that a prosecution would violate the Speech or Debate clause of the Constitution, which protects lawmakers acting in the lawful course of their jobs.

In a 22-count indictment unsealed in April, the government says the New Jersey Democrat accepted luxury vacations and other benefits from Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen in exchange for lobbying on behalf of his business and personal interests. Melgen is also charged.

Menendez's legal team argued that contacts he had with federal Health and Human Services officials were policy discussions, not efforts to get Melgen off the hook for repaying nearly $9 million in Medicare overpayments.

A federal prosecutor said that there is evidence that Menendez was doing Melgen's bidding through those meetings and argued that defense lawyers were mischaracterizing that evidence.

Walls said he would "bet you a nickel" that the nation's top court wouldn't take on a case on the Speech or Debate issue. But both sides expect an appeal to the 3rd Circuit court and probably to the Supreme Court.

Neither Melgen nor Menendez was in court; Menendez was at a Senate committee meeting.

Meanwhile, their his lawyers mounted a broad attack on nearly every part of the indictment and much of the process leading up to the charges.

They argued that the grand jury that agreed to issue the indictment was not screened for biases against the senator, that prosecutors used hearsay evidence improperly and that they included salacious material to inflame grand jurors.

Specifically, defense lawyers said prosecutors gave the grand jury irrelevant details of sexual dalliances between Melgen and women other than his wife. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Koski said that was important because it helped show that Menendez was trying to help the women get visas to travel in the U.S, under false pretenses that they were friends or relatives of Melgen.

The defense also asserted that there was no evidence that Melgen and Menendez struck a deal to do anything corrupt.

"What it charges is a non-charge," Menendez lawyer Abbe Lowell told Walls. "What it charges was given was influence and access."

Walls told the defense lawyers that he was not swayed by the idea that the law could not have been broken because Melgen and Menendez are longtime friends.

"Friends can be corrupt," said the judge, who challenged and cajoled lawyers throughout the hearing. "I can give you histories of politics in New Jersey where friends went to jail because they were corrupt."

Defense lawyers also said investigators were wrong to use certain anonymous tips as the basis of seeking a search warrant. One tip said that Menendez and Melgen were going to the Dominican Republic to have sex with underage prostitutes. There were no charges related to those allegations, though, and lawyers argued that the government should not have relied on them because they were not credible.

Walls said scheduled a status conference on the case for Jan. 12 and left open the possibility of a spring trial. But he said with the appeals, a 6-week jury selection process and an 8- to 12-week trial, that's unlikely. The trial had been scheduled for next month.
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Most Counts in Menendez Indictment Should Stand: Judge
By Jonathan Dienst
Published 3 hours ago


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A federal judge issued a partial ruling Monday saying most corruption charges against Sen. Robert "Pumpkinhead" Menendez (D-NJ) should stand.

Judge William H. Walls called some motions by Menendez’s legal team to dismiss the case "meritless."

But Walls is still considering several other defense motions where the senator and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen are seeking to have the entire corruption case against them thrown out.

Menendez is accused of accepting free private plane trips and vacations from Melgen. In exchange, prosecutors said Menendez tried to help Melgen in connection with overbilling and Medicaid-related fraud allegations with government officials.

The senator also allegedly helped Melgen in his efforts to try to secure a lucrative port security contract in the Dominican Republic.

Walls let 12 bribe-related counts stand, saying there was enough evidence of a quid pro quo to proceed to trial. But he dismissed four counts because they were connected to a Menendez legal defense fund and touched upon First Amendment issues.

The judge has yet to rule on six other separate motions by the defense to get the case thrown out, and only partially ruled on a seventh. The defense originally filed 15 motions to dismiss the case. It's not clear when the rulings will come.

In a statement, Menendez lawyer Abbe D. Lowell said "the Senator has been clear from the very beginning that he has always acted in accordance with the law and that, once all of the facts are presented in court, he is confident that he will be exonerated.

"We appreciate that the Court dismissed several counts in the indictment that we challenged, and there are still additional challenges pending in which decisions could impact the viability of other charges in the case," Lowell said.

Menendez had been seeking to have the case thrown out because he has said he has been the victim of a unfair anonymous smear campaign relating to underage prostitution. The senator said it was that “smear” that tainted the investigation from the start and the case should be dismissed.

But the judge ruled a search of Melgen’s Florida offices were constitutional and the FBI was correct to seize a black book that later turned out to have names and prices next to women’s names – even though prostitution-related charges were never filed.
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NJ Poll: Voters Feel Indicted US Senator Should Quit Before His Trial
November 12, 2015 3:48 AM
By David Madden

Hamden, CT (CBS) — A new statewide poll suggests that New Jersey voters want US Senator Robert "Pumpkinhead" Menendez to resign, even though he’s yet to be tried on political corruption charges filed against him in federal court.

It’s bad news across the board for Menendez in the survey of almost 15 hundred voters conducted by Quinnipiac University last week. His approval rating sits at 42-36 negative. And pollster Mickey Carroll says respondents want him out.

“It’s a sort of reversal of the usual pattern of first get me guilty and get punished,” Carroll told KYW Newsradio. “But New Jersey voters want to punish him right now. Throw him out. 53 to 39 he ought to quit.”

Breaking down the survey along political lines, 62% of Republicans are in favor of resignation along with 56% of independents. 49% of Democrats agree.

A Menendez spokesman wouldn’t address the poll results in an e-mail. But he stresses that his boss has not been convicted, has seen several charges dismissed and has always maintained his activity with a longtime friend and Florida eye doctor was legal. The feds argue the doctor gave Menendez cash and gifts in return for help on Capitol Hill.
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