Bradley attorney Elisha Kobre was quoted in The Wall Street Journal on the Justice Department’s most recent bribery indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez alleging he traded political favors for gold bars, cash and gifts.
In 2015, prosecutors charged the senior senator from New Jersey with accepting nearly $1 million in campaign contributions and gifts in exchange for helping with Medicare-billing disputes and visa applications, but the Justice Department ultimately dropped the prosecution in 2018 after a trial in New Jersey federal court ended in a hung jury and a judge acquitted Menendez on a subset of the charges.
The government’s latest case against Menendez is starting from a stronger position than those earlier corruption charges, with detail-rich allegations that are more extensive and dramatic than last time. Menendez is expected to make his first appearance in a New York federal court to be arraigned on charges that he and his wife accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for using his position to aid three businessmen and the Egyptian government.
“These charges were brought with great care. The Justice Department doesn’t want the same thing to happen twice,” Kobre said.
The full article “Sen. Bob Menendez Beat Corruption Charges Before. Could He Again?” was published by The Wall Steet Journal on September 27, 2023. (login required)