The Latest: Government rests in Sen. Menendez bribery trial

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Posted: Oct 11, 2017 12:12 PM
The Latest: Government rests in Sen. Menendez bribery trial

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

The government has rested its bribery case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and now the judge will make a crucial ruling on the New Jersey Democrat's motion to dismiss the charges.

Menendez argued in court filings before the trial that the charges should be dropped because they didn't meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob O'Donnell.

On Wednesday, jurors heard again from an FBI agent testifying for the prosecution about emails among Menendez, his staffers and his co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen (MELH'-gehn).

Menendez is charged with accepting free flights and other gifts from Melgen in return for his political influence.

The two men say the gifts were a result of their longtime friendship.

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7:30 a.m.

When the government rests its bribery case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, the judge will make a crucial ruling on the New Jersey Democrat's motion to dismiss the charges.

Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from a wealthy Florida doctor in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend's business interests.

Menendez argued before the trial that the charges should be dropped because they didn't meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of former Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The judge said he would wait until after the government presented its case before ruling. The trial is in its sixth week, which is roughly how long prosecutors initially said their case would take.