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Tue Sep 13, 2016, 09:24 PM

Appeals Court Won't Toss Charges Against NJ Sen. Menendez

Source: Associated Press

Appeals Court Won't Toss Charges Against NJ Sen. Menendez

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA Sep 13, 2016, 7:56 PM ET

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to dismiss corruption charges against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

An attorney for the indicted Democrat had asked the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to review a three-judge panel's ruling allowing the case against him to move forward. But that request was denied the same day that prosecutors filed a motion asking a judge to hold a hearing to set a trial date.

Abbe Lowell had argued the charges should be tossed because of a constitutional clause that protects the actions of sitting lawmakers. But the three-judge panel found the dispute is something that needs to be decided at trial.

Lowell has said he'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

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