NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — When jurors resume deliberations Tuesday in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, they will weigh whether gifts from his longtime friend were bribes in exchange for official action.
In closing arguments Monday, lawyers for Menendez said the prosecution never presented actual evidence of a bribery agreement between the New Jersey Democrat and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
A prosecutor accused the defense of using a strategy of "distraction and misdirection" and said the two men's friendship doesn't mean they weren't involved in bribery.
Menendez and Melgen face counts including conspiracy, bribery and fraud. Menendez also is charged with making false statements for not reporting gifts from Melgen on his Senate disclosure forms.