The bribery trial of New Jersey Democrat U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is under way, and the judge has already had to slap down the defense:

Well, that escalated quickly:

In recent weeks the defense lobbied the court to recess the trial to allow Sen. Menendez to return to the Senate for votes, and federal prosecutors torched that request.

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