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20 March 2017, 08:48 | Austin Hogan
US Supreme Court won't throw out Menendez corruption case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear New Jersey Sen.
A trial in the case is tentatively scheduled for the fall.
The New Jersey Democrat was indicted in early 2015 for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper campaign contributions and gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor and longtime friend, in exchange for help securing immigrant visas and setting up meetings with government officials related to Melgen's ongoing Medicare fraud case.
The justices left in place a lower court's refusal to dismiss a corruption indictment against Mendendez, who had argued that a provision in the U.S. Constitution shielded him from prosecution. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bob Menendez says the Democratic lawmaker is confident he'll be vindicated of corruption charges despite Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear his appeal. Melgen's Medicare fraud trial is now underway in Florida.
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The indictment alleges that Menendez intervened in a dispute between Medicare and Melgen at Melgen's request, and also with a contract in the Dominican Republic involving one of Melgen's companies.
"While the senator always understood it is rare that the Supreme Court hears any case before trial, given the gravity of the constitutional issues raised, he believed it was important to try", Lowell said.
On Monday, the Supreme Court denied his petition for certification without comment.
In a brief filed last month, the government wrote that the clause is limited to acts that are "integral to the legislative process" and doesn't cover attempts to influence government agencies.
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