U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s bribery case will remain in his home state of New Jersey, a judge ruled in an early setback for the indicted lawmaker.
The Democrat was charged April 1 with illegally taking almost $1 million in campaign donations, luxury travel and other gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor. Melgen, who was indicted with Menendez, joined him in asking U.S. District Judge William Walls in Newark to transfer the case to Washington.
Walls rejected arguments that key events took place in Washington and that it would be more convenient for witnesses and lawyers. The judge rejected Menendez’s argument that he could do his job more effectively if the trial were held in Washington. His trial should be held before the citizens of his state, Walls said.
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