New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is on trial for a bribe scheme that involves tales of perversity flavoring the narrative of a corrupt scum bag using his office to live an opulent lifestyle.
In his defense, Menendez’s lawyers have centered their strategy on the “streams of benefit” theory that was produced by the prosecution of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for incidents of bribery dating to 2014.
The “streams of benefit” theory was used by prosecutors of McDonnell to give the definition of bribery greater depth and breadth. The Supreme Court, however, overturned the case, leaving Menendez’s lawyers as feeling the Court had narrowly defined bribery in such a way as it does not apply to their client or that of co-conspirator Dr. Salomon Melgen.
The Star Ledger reports, “The high court’s ruling in the Virginia case had been cited by a federal appeals court in its decisions to toss the convictions of former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican. Federal prosecutors have vowed to retry both men.”
Right Scoop reports that “U.S. District Court Judge William Walls refused to toss any of the 18 charges in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, despite last week casting doubt on a legal theory that’s at the heart of the prosecution’s case.
Walls may have toyed with going with the case as defined by the defense, but after some consideration, has come around to side more with the prosecution.
In fact, Judge Walls made it quite clear when he said, “I see nothing in McDonnell that attacks the stream of benefits theory.”
Uh oh. Menendez may want to hold off scheduling his next trip to the Dominican Republic to hook up with his usual teenage prostitutes.
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