Sen. Menendez’s Bribery Trial Delayed by One Week

The bribery trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez has been postponed by a week to mid-May. The decision came after lawyers agreed that the extra time would help with trial preparation.

During a pretrial hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein rescheduled the start of jury selection from May 6 to May 13. Menendez was unable to attend the hearing in person due to a late session in the U.S. Senate the previous night.

Menendez, along with two New Jersey businessmen, has pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving cash, gold bars, and a luxury car in exchange for political favors. His wife, Nadine, who also pleaded not guilty, will not stand trial until July due to medical issues.

A third businessman, Jose Uribe, has already pleaded guilty to bribery charges and is set to testify against the others at trial.

Sen. Menendez's Bribery Trial Delayed by One Week

The criminal case led Menendez to relinquish his role as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last fall.

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In a recent court filing, Menendez’s lawyers hinted that they may argue for his innocence by claiming he lacked criminal intent since his wife did not disclose any illegal activities to him regarding her dealings with the businessmen.

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