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Attorneys spar over juror questions for Menendez trial

April 21, 2017
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prospective jurors in the upcoming corruption trial of Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez could be asked if they voted for him and what they feel about his stance on issues like the Iran nuclear deal.

Attorneys argued in court Friday about the juror questionnaire. Menendez didn't attend.

A trial is set for September 6.

Menendez was charged in 2015 with fraud, bribery and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he took official action on behalf of Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who had given him gifts and campaign donations including flights aboard a luxury jet and a Paris vacation.

Menendez has contended his actions were protected under a constitutional clause shielding lawmakers when they conduct normal legislative duties.

Melgen is on trial in Florida for Medicare fraud in a separate case.



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