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Judge rejects Menendez request to toss bribery charges

GARWOOD, NJ - MARCH 23: U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks as he visits the Pen Company of America to discuss the America Star program on March 23, 2015 in Garwood, New Jersey. The legislation is intended to recognize American businesses who strive to create good jobs for workers. Federal investigators are expected to file criminal charges against Menendez as early as this week for possible corruption charges. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

NEWARK — A federal judge on Monday refused to throw out any of the 18 criminal counts against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, clearing the way for the pair’s bribery trial to enter the defense phase. Defense attorneys had argued a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of former Virginia governor…

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