Hall quoted on limits of friendship defense in Menendez Trial
Chris Hall, a partner in the firm’s White Collar and Government Litigation Practice, is quoted in this article on how the defense plans to fight corruption charges against Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. The article explains that prosecutors are claiming that Menendez accepted lavish gifts from Melgen in exchange for his efforts to influence executive branch officials, however the defense claims that the two are friends and the gifts were tokens of their friendship.
“Prosecutors will argue that the nondisclosure demonstrates that Menendez sought to conceal what he knew was unlawful conduct. They'll claim that failure to disclose repeatedly is not an accident, that it's consciousness of guilt. He knows he's engaged in wrongdoing. He doesn't want to bring attention to it,” said Chris in the article. “That's an inconvenient fact for Menendez.”
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