In Pictures: Senator Menendez Bribery Trial Images Are Shown to Jurors

Federal jurors have seen contrasting images of Senator Robert Menendez, who went on trial this month on bribery and fraud charges with his close friend and political donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor. Prosecutors describe Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, as a corrupt politician who intervened in government business on Melgen’s behalf in exchange for large campaign contributions and luxury travel, including a $1,500-a-night Paris hotel room. Menendez’s attorneys cast their client as a diligent public servant who was simply helping a friend, as he had helped other constituents. Exhibits released this week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, show some of the images that prosecutors and defense lawyers want to convey to the jury.

Melgen sent his Challenger jet several times to carry Menendez from N.J. to Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

Source: Court documents

A pilot said that Menendez was a frequent passenger and his favorite beverages were stocked in the galley.

Source: Court documents

Menendez, left, met Melgen before becoming a U.S. senator and enjoyed unwinding with the doctor, his attorneys say.

Source: Court documents

The defense describes the Casa de Campo home as a modest family abode while prosecutors call it a luxurious get-away.

Source: Court documents

The defense has emphasized personal ties between the defendants, who enjoyed dinners at Melgen’s home.

Source: Court documents

In an email, Menendez asked Melgen to book and pay for an expensive Paris hotel room.

Source: Court documents

Menendez stayed in a $1,500 per-night suite that Melgen paid for using American Express points.

Source: Court documents

Menendez told Melgen he wanted a suite that included a limestone bath with a soaking tub and enclosed rain shower.

Source: Court documents

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