Federal prosecutors do not object to delaying corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife

ByAaron Katersky WABC logo
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Federal prosecutors do not object to possible Menendez trial delay
Menendez and his wife are currently scheduled to stand trial on May 6th.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Federal prosecutors in New York said Wednesday they do not oppose moving the trial of Nadine Menendez, who is charged with her husband, Sen. Robert Menendez, in a political corruption case.

The prosecutors, however, said they do oppose separate trials for the husband and wife, putting the May 6 trial date in doubt.

"The Government does not object to Nadine Menendez's request to adjourn the trial," prosecutors wrote in a letter to the judge. "However, the Government requests that, rather than adjourn the trial sine die, the Court instead adjourn the trial as to all defendants until a date certain in or about July or August."

Nadine Menendez requested a postponement due to a "serious medical" issue that was not publicly disclosed.

"The Government also takes seriously the unexpected medical development described in the sealed declaration. However, the Government does not believe that-at least at this time-Nadine Menendez should be severed from her co-defendants," prosecutors said in their letter.

There is a hearing in the case on Thursday.

Menendez, his wife and three New Jersey businessmen have been charged in a sweeping political conspiracy involving alleged favors for Egypt and Qatar in exchange for gold bars, cash and a car. One of the businessmen has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government.

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