Last year federal prosecutors indicted New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and his political patron Salomon Melgen on corruption charges, and now an appeals court has affirmed the district judge who rejected the accused politician's novel argument that the criminal case should be thrown out because of a constitutional clause protecting legislative acts as reported by Politico: Menendez unsuccessfully had "argued that under the Speech or Debate clause -- a constitutional privilege that shields lawmakers and staff from legal action over legitimate legislative activities -- he could not be charged with improperly aiding Melgen." In affirming the lower court which rejected the defense claim, the appeals court held there was ample evidence that Senator Menendez was not lawfully acting further to his legislative duties but illegally lobbying for his campaign benefactor.
Oh, and the feds still suspect Bob Menendez may be a perv who banged child prostitutes as reported by Dan Friedman for the Daily News: "Justice Department lawyers say the hooker allegations 'were not so easily disprovable as the defendants suggest," and "they received 'specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.'"
Of course, Hillary Clinton has no qualms about still associating with the charged politician and suspected perv who co-chaired her 2008 primary campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. This summer Senator Menendez campaigned with Chelsea Clinton in New Jersey on behalf of Crooked Hillary as reported by PolitickerNJ: "Menendez's front-and-center presence was especially relevant considering his ongoing battle against allegations that he accepted bribes in exchange for political favors," and "Menendez's continued alliance with Clinton suggests that those same difficulties may not follow him to her administration to such a large extent if she becomes the next president."