Menendez Trial To Turn On Question Of Criminal Intent
By Bill Wichert (November 3, 2017, 10:08 PM EDT) -- About two months into the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist, jurors will be asked to decide whether criminal intent lurked behind the actions of the two men, with the defense highlighting their friendship and the senator's policy concerns and prosecutors claiming he sought to conceal the doctor's gifts.
With closing arguments set to wrap up Monday, reaching a verdict will ultimately mean unraveling the motivations of Menendez and Salomon Melgen to figure out why the senator accepted items of value from the doctor and took action on matters involving the physician, attorneys said.
In determining whether...
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