Here is how the findings of SCOTUS helped New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez bet the corruption charges. There was another corruption case recently. It made it all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, took his case all the way t the Supreme Court. Just like Menendez, McDonnell’s case has all the appearance of unethical behavior.
The Supreme Court has a much narrower definition of the law in question here. Just what is a quid pro quo and where do you cross the line? Apparently, only legal beagles can figure it out.
As Written By Kevin Daley for the Daily Caller:
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez didn’t thank the U.S. Supreme Court when he addressed reporters Thursday after escaping conviction on federal corruption charges, though he is very much in their debt.
The embattled Democrat faced a lengthy indictment featuring 18 charges for bribery, honest services fraud, conspiracy, traveling over state lines to carry out bribery, and making false statements on federally-mandated financial disclosures forms. The charges emanate from his relationship with a donor named Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida physician who lavished the senator with gifts, vacations, and campaign contributions. In turn, Menendez intervened with federal agencies on Melgen’s behalf over several years, sure evidence, prosecutors claimed, that the pair had forged a “corrupt pact” to secure their mutual advancement.
The Menendez-Melgen axis is unseemly, but under the Supreme Court’s case law, it isn’t necessarily unlawful.
Menendez’s case closely resembles that of another high profile politician, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican whose conviction on federal corruption charges reached the Supreme Court in 2016. Like Menendez, McDonnell accepted gifts and contributions from a donor, to whom he………
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