Menendez trial unlikely until 2016

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial likely won’t happen until the fall of 2016.

Federal District Judge William Walls moved the New Jersey Democrat’s court date from next month to make room for expected appeals of various pretrial motions.

Walls said he’ll rule in about a week on arguments made Thursday by Menendez’s attorneys that the case should be dismissed.

Prosecutors contend Menendez accepted gifts from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for his political influence.

Menendez and Melgen’s lawyers say the grand jury was biased, prosecutors used hearsay evidence without giving a complete picture and salacious material was introduced to inflame the grand jury.

Government lawyers disagree.

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