Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
Reprinted with permission from InsiderNJ.
As Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial heads into its second week, the question of whether the Senator is guilty or innocent has eclipsed the question of whether his advocacy for his close friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, was ethical. Indeed, they are not the same thing. Increasingly these days that important nuance, between what’s illegal versus what’s unethical, is often lost or trivialized.
As a consequence, the stories most likely to be generated by the ongoing proceedings will either be about the tick tock of the show trial itself, or the cloak room intrigue about who might get the Senator’s seat, should he be convicted or resign. Left hanging out there unaddressed, is whether or not Senator Menendez’s conduct was more in his own self-interest and Melgen’s interest than in the public interest.