Prosecutors Rest in Menéndez Trial
Prosecutors rested their case yesterday against Senator Robert Menéndez (D-NJ) in his federal corruption trial. They presented testimony from 35 witnesses, including former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former Menéndez staff, and others, over the 15 days that they argued their case. "This case is about a corrupt politician who sold his Senate office for a life of luxury he couldn't afford," said prosecutor Peter Koski. "And a greedy doctor who put that politician on his payroll for when he needed the services of a United States Senator." CNN reports that Menéndez defense lawyer Abbe Lowell told Judge William Walls that he will make a formal motion for judgment of acquittal, a move made by the defense when it feels the other side has not met its burden of proof. More here.