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Menendez juror’s remarks bolster ‘friendship’ defence

NEWARK, N.J. — Remarks from a juror excused in the middle of deliberations in Sen. Bob Menendez’s bribery trial suggest the panel could wind up deadlocked or voting for acquittal, because many of them may believe the defence’s central argument in the case. Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, who was excused from the jury Thursday due to a …

Menendez jurors near deliberations in bribery trial

NEWARK, N.J.— A jury that has listened to nine weeks of testimony and evidence is expected to begin deliberations Monday in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend. The panel heard closing arguments last week from prosecutors and from attorneys for co-defendant Salomon Melgen. Jurors are scheduled to hear from …

Menendez attorneys file for mistrial over judge’s rulings

NEWARK, N.J. — The judge in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend is facing another decision on a motion for a mistrial. Attorneys for both defendants filed papers with the court on Sunday. They alleged that U.S. District Judge William Walls has abused his discretion by stopping them from …

Feds: Menendez judge could ‘legalize pay to play politics’

NEWARK, N.J. — The judge in U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial could rule on Monday to dismiss the bulk of the indictment against the New Jersey Democrat, a decision that prosecutors say could “broadly legalize pay-to-play politics.” After hearing six weeks of testimony and viewing dozens of emails and documents that prosecutors allege show …

Hacking ring accused of making $100M on stolen news releases

NEWARK, N.J. — In late October 2013, Panera Bread Co., the national chain of restaurants that specializes in healthy soups and baked goods, prepared a news release to announce it was adjusting its earnings expectations downward for the recently begun fourth quarter. The release undoubtedly was one of many sent by publicly traded companies to …

‘Real Housewives’ couple get prison for fraud: 15 months for Teresa Giudice, 41 months for Joe

NEWARK, N.J.—The married stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are trading the drama of reality TV for prison. Teresa Giudice was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 15 months in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges while her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months by a judge who …

Safety board report on Tracy Morgan crash raises new questions about trucker’s work hours

NEWARK, N.J.—A report by federal transportation safety investigators says a truck driver was speeding before he slammed into a limousine van, killing one man and seriously injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and two other passengers, and it has raised new questions about the trucker’s work schedule. Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper was going 65 mph in a …

Officials look at work commute in accident that injured Tracy Morgan; driver pleads not guilty

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—A truck driver pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan as investigators look into what role his long commute to work played in the accident. Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper lived in Georgia, but his job was based in Delaware, National Transportation Safety Board …

Prosecutor: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn’t slept

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital. Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper was originally expected to make …