NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Seeks Dismissal of Corruption Charges

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez Kena Betancur/Getty Images

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is making another attempt to get his political corruption charges tossed out of federal court.

Attorneys for embattled senator — who is accused of using his office to help a wealthy Miami friend who gave him gifts and donations — are arguing recent rulings limit the scope of federal bribery law. Among the court decisions cited is an appeals court ruling last week that overturned the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

An earlier effort to appeal Menendez’s indictment failed when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his argument. A trial is set for this fall.

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NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Seeks Dismissal of Corruption Charges