Ex-House Attys Urge High Court To Review Menendez Ruling
By Bill Wichert (January 17, 2017, 2:54 PM EST) -- Former general counsels of the U.S. House of Representatives have joined U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit decision upholding his corruption charges, saying the ruling improperly allows scrutiny of a lawmaker's motives to gauge whether legislative acts are constitutionally protected.
In an amicus brief filed on Jan. 11, the former House counsels echoed Menendez's argument that the judicial probe behind the Third Circuit ruling is invalid under the speech or debate clause of the U.S. Constitution, which the senator has claimed protects him from prosecution over certain legislative acts.
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