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Judge in Sen Menendez case seems to think the case against the Senator is shaky….

The recent US Supreme Court decision that the government must link DIRECT favors to gifts received by lawmakers has resulted in numerous acquittals of lawmakers across the country…

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The same may come to be in the Menendez case…

And the Senator and Democrats would happy to hold the seat…

At issue is the “stream of benefits” theory of bribery, which defense attorneys argue was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decisionoverturning the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The high court’s unanimous ruling narrowed the type of conduct that can be used to prosecute for corruption.

“I’m particularly concerned about stream of benefits. And we’ll see,” Walls told prosecutor Peter Koski after about three hours of arguments Wednesday afternoon. The arguments were held outside of the jury’s presence.

If Walls rules the theory was invalidated in the McDonnell ruling, he could decide to toss out much of the case before it reaches the jury.

Prosecutors allege Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor, plied Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey’s senior senator, with political contributions, private jet flights and lavish vacations in exchange for various political favors. Those favors, prosecutors say, included helping Melgen secure visas for former girlfriends, interceding on his behalf in a $9 million Medicare dispute and pressuring officials to get the Dominican Republic to honor a port security contract held by a company Melgen owned.

Prosecutors have not directly linked any individual Melgen gifts to a specific Menendez act, which were often separated by months and even years. Instead, prosecutors say, Melgen used Menendez for his power, and Menendez used Melgen for his money…..

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