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What Counts As An Official Act? Why Corruption Is Hard To Convict

Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a press conference after announcing that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was indicted on corruption charges charges at the SDNY office on September 22, 2023 in New York City.

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Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, is facing federal bribery charges. Federal agents found hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gold at his home.

Menendez is remaining defiant and says he will not resign. The senator has faced previous corruption charges — the case ended in a hung jury. We discuss why these types of cases can be so challenging for prosecutors to win.

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