Senator Bob Menendez, awaiting trial on various federal corruption charges, is in no apparent danger of having his longtime friend Dr. Salomon Melgen cooperate.
Several news reports speculated today that Melgen might cooperate, because the federal court in Florida postponed his sentencing hearing scheduled for tomorrow.
But none of these other news organizations actually researched the case.
If they did, they would have discovered, among the hundreds of pleadings and docket entries in Melgen’s case alone, the enormous sentencing arguments submitted to the court by Melgen’s lawyers just this past Tuesday.
Those briefs, plus the government’s briefs, argue for a sentencing range or even no jail time. They are large briefs, often larger than some of the major pretrial briefs during the time leading up to a trial. They are usually submitted to the court, which sets the deadline, a few days before the judge determines a sentence.
Their size, and the complexity of the issues involved, can easily be the reason why a judge would need more time. More time than, in this case, two calendar days.
Smart, diligent investigative reporters would also have discovered that the court is entertaining other motions ny Melgen to relax the terms of restraining orders and sentencing reports, and set the deadline for responses for next week and the week after.
So the idea that Melgen might be turning informant on Bob Menendez, just because of a last minute postponement of the date of sentencing, is idiotic.
So idiotic, it makes me think whoever came up with this idea, either has sand on the brain, or is depriving a village of its idiot.