Judge to decide on Menendez bid to move trial to Washington

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Posted: Jun 14, 2015 12:03 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys in the corruption case of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez are due back in court this week to argue whether a trial should be held in New Jersey or Washington, D.C.

Menendez's attorneys want the trial moved. They claim it would be a disruption to Menendez's Senate work to have the trial in New Jersey. They also say most of the alleged criminal acts occurred in Washington, and most likely witnesses are based there.

The government argues Menendez's work in the Senate won't be disrupted and says he accepted things of value in New Jersey that led to the alleged criminal acts.

Menendez is charged with accepting gifts and donations totaling about $1 million from a Florida eye doctor in exchange for political favors.

Attorneys will argue before a judge in Newark Tuesday.