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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Menendez Trial Defense Attorney: Prosecuting Any Hispanic For Bribery Is Like Prosecuting All Of Them
The following article
appeared on the Federalist on September 7th
An attorney for Sen. Bob Menendez’s
co-defendant suggested...that Hispanics should not be held
individually to account for any crimes they have committed because doing so
makes all Hispanics look bad. The Democratic senator faces 14
counts of corruption charges for allegedly taking bribes from a wealthy eye
doctor, Salomon Melgen, in exchange for political favors. Melgen, who was convicted
of Medicaid fraud earlier this year, stands on trial once again alongside
Melgen’s attorney, Kirk Ogrosky,
told the court that his client and Menendez are on trial not due to any
wrongdoing by the two men, but because of their Hispanic heritage,
according to Politico.
“Sal and Bob were part of a
fellowship of Hispanic Americans. Entrepreneurs, businessmen, doctors,
politicians. You’ll hear this at trial: their idea was to pay it forward, help
young Hispanic-Americans improve their lives, lift up their community, play a
larger role in their community,” Ogrosky said. “This case isn’t only an attack
on those two men. It’s an attack on that whole group.”
As a Hispanic-American myself, let me
assure you that making Menendez stand trial for his alleged role in defrauding
American taxpayers and using his office as a means to get luxury vacations for
free is not an attack on me or anyone else who happens to share our ancestry.
Lumping in all Hispanic-Americans
with a senator who is facing felony corruption charges isn’t the first dumb
thing the defense has said during the trial. In a 144-page set of proposed jury
asked that jurors be told: “Senators are people too, and they are allowed
to have friends.”
“Gifts to public officials are not
automatically bribes,” the
defense wrote. “Senators are people too, and they are allowed to have
friends. Senators and their friends are allowed to exchange gifts among
themselves out of friendship or for other lawful reasons, and those gifts are
not bribes because they are given out of friendship and not corruptly given in
exchange for a specific official act.”
The defense also asked that the trial
be scheduled around Menendez’s schedule so he could still participate in
important votes — a request U.S. District Court Judge William Walls slapped
“The Court suspects that the trial
strategy behind this motion, if granted, would be to impress the jurors with
the public importance of the defendant Senator and his duties,” Wall wrote in
response to the request. “No other plausible reason comes to mind.”
Other Hispanic Innocents
When Menendez’s attorney whined about
the judge’s remark on Wednesday, the judge told him to “shut
up for a minute.”
The Democratic senator, who says he’s
innocent and has no plans to step down from office, could
spend 15 years in prison for each of the eight bribery charges. Republican
Gov. Chris Christie could chose a Republican to replace Menendez if he is
forced to resign — a move that would affect the political makeup of the U.S.
Ed. So, the $700,000 Dr. Melgen paid Senator Menendez for political favors and the fact that the senator attempted to get Melgen off the hook for stealing $105 million from Medicare...all of that should be ignored because of the men's Hispanic heritage.
Does anyone still wonder why attorneys are interchangeable with pond scum?
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