Venue Unlikely To Impact Menendez Case, Observers Say

June 17, 2015 – In The News
New Jersey Law Journal

Alain Leibman was featured in the New Jersey Law Journal article, “Venue Unlikely To Impact Menendez Case, Observers Say." Full text can be found in the June 17, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

United States Senator Robert Menendez’s motion to move his corruption trial from Newark to Washington, DC was denied by a federal judge. However, outside observers say the move likely wouldn’t change the outcome of the case.

Most of the acts and events relative to the case happened in New Jersey where most of the witnesses live, as well. Therefore the judge denied this motion, regardless of Menendez’s Washington DC residency.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Alain Leibman said that the original motion to change venues was “counterintuitive” because "you would normally think a senator looking for a sympathetic jury would want people who voted for him" to serve.

Leibman adds that this motion "says more about where the senator believes he stands with New Jersey voters than a particular legal strategy.” He adds that Menendez "does not draw from a wide base of financial support," and suggests that "maybe that speaks to a shallowness of support among New Jersey voters."