Jury set for closing arguments in Menendez trial

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(AP) - Jurors in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend have been instructed on the law by a judge, and are set to hear closing arguments from attorneys Thursday.

The instructions contained modified definitions of official bribery stemming from a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction Virginia's former governor.

The Democratic senator and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen are charged with conspiracy, bribery and fraud in an 18-count indictment. The indictment alleges Melgen bribed Menendez with gifts in exchange for official influence.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Walls told jurors they could find Menendez guilty even if they didn't believe specific gifts were tied to specific actions. He added those actions had to be on specific matters and not on broad policy issues.

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