Judge Refuses to Drop Corruption Charges Against Democrat Senator Bob Menendez

On Monday, Judge William Walls announced that he would not drop any of the 18 charges faced by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in his corruption trial.

Menendez pleaded not guilty to charges that he took bribes, including campaign donations and vacations, from c0-defendent Saloman Melgen, in exchange for using his political power to help benefit Melgen financially.

Earlier this week, prosecutors rested their case against both Menendez and Melgen, after calling over 35 witnesses during 18 days of testimony.

During the trial, the prosecution said that Sen. Menendez “sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn’t afford.”

Judge Walls decided not to drop any of the charges against Menendez, saying the “court concludes that a rational jury could determine that the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement.”