Supreme Court Turns Down Menendez Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez's appeal.

Menendez was seeking an appeal from the court, hoping it would throw out a corruption indictment against him.

The Justices let stand a lower court ruling that refused to dismiss the charges. A trial is tentatively scheduled for the fall.

The Democratic lawmaker was charged with fraud and bribery in 2015 for allegedly taking official action on behalf of a friend in Florida who had given him gifts and campaign donations.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Menendez has argued that his meetings with various government officials fell under a constitutional clause that protects the actions of sitting lawmakers.

A federal appeals court said that issue should be argued in front of a jury.

Menendez's attorney says that they are confident that he'll be vindicated of the charges despite the ruling.


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