Prosecutors oppose moving US Sen. Menendez's corruption case

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Federal prosecutors are opposed to moving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case from New Jersey to Washington.

Attorneys for Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen had filed the request this month, arguing virtually none of the 22 counts alleged occurred in the state.

In court documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors say Menendez ignores allegations he accepted numerous things of value in New Jersey. They also say his lawyers are based in New York and not the District of Columbia.

The New Jersey Democrat is charged with accepting gifts and donations totaling about $1 million from the Florida ophthalmologist in exchange for political favors. The gifts included flights aboard a luxury jet and a Paris vacation.

Menendez has said he accepted gifts from Melgen because the two have been close friends for years.