Pending High Court Decision, Menendez Trial Set for 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

A federal judge in New Jersey has set a September 2017 trial date for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and fraud charges.

Judge William Walls set the Sept. 6, 2017, trial date for the Democrat during a brief pretrial conference on Tuesday.

But whether that trial originally scheduled for October 2015 will happen could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Menendez’s lawyer has argued that the charges should be tossed because of a constitutional clause that protects the actions of sitting lawmakers.

A three-judge panel ruled earlier this month that the dispute is something that needs to be decided at trial, but his lawyer Abbe Lowell plans an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Menendez has pleaded not guilty to bribery and fraud charges.