Cozen O’Connor: Without ‘Smoking Gun,’ Feds Face Tough Menendez Retrial

Without ‘Smoking Gun,’ Feds Face Tough Menendez Retrial

Monday, January 22, 2018

Biz Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group, discusses the challenges of convincing a jury when a case lacks “smoking gun” evidence in Law360. Prosecutors preparing for the retrial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who allegedly accepted political donations and bribes from a friend, must prove to jurors that the exchange between the two friends was corrupt. The trial ended in a mistrial in November after jurors were unable to reach a verdict. “Jurors don't like to have to put the pieces together,” said Biz. “They want the picture already there," she continued.

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