Judge Smacks Menendez Defense Lawyer On First Day Of Corruption Trial – “Fine. Bill Me.”

The corruption trial for Democrat Senator Bob Menendez began this week and did not go well. The defense attorney repeatedly got snippy with the judge who was in no mood for disrespect. In fact, he fired right back the lawyer.

The Daily Caller reports:

Menendez Corruption Trial Opens Up With Hostility Between Judge, Defense

U.S. District Judge William Walls and a defense attorney representing New Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez traded accusations in the courtroom during the corruption trial’s first hearing Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

Walls repeatedly interrupted the defense attorney as he accused the judge of disparaging Menendez, and derided his refusal to postpone hearings to allow Menendez to participate in Senate votes, the AP reported. Walls also criticized the defense for filing a motion to alter jury instructions. Menendez faces bribery charges for allegedly lobbying on behalf of a friend and long-time donor in exchange for monetary gifts and vacations to Europe and the Caribbean.

Defense attorneys claimed they only filed the jury motion in accordance with a December order from Walls himself, to which the judge responded, “Fine. Bill me.”

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The fact that this happened on the first day of the trial does not bode well for Menendez. You would think his lawyer would know better.



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