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Senator Menendez Rebuffed by Top Court on Corruption Charges

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal without comment, setting up trial
  • Menendez accused of taking campaign cash, gifts from donor
Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a long-shot appeal from Senator Robert Menendez, clearing the way for a criminal corruption trial that could begin as early as this fall.

The New Jersey Democrat argued unsuccessfully that his prosecution violates the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause, which limits investigations into the legislative work of members of Congress. The court rejected the appeal as part of a list of orders released Monday, making no further comment.