The justices did unanimously reverse his conviction – they faulted federal prosecutors for overreaching with a definition of corruption that was too broad and ruled that merely "setting up a meeting" or "hosting an event" for Jonnie Williams did not constitute a crime. But they condemned McDonnell's conduct on ethical grounds. In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the "tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns" did not "typify normal political interaction…far from it." In our interview, McDonnell chose to focus on the positive.
Even if Menendez is exonerated—or if a conviction is vacated for another reason—his trials and tribulations may not be done. He is up for re-election in 2018, and, while he has expressed an intention to run again, New Jersey Democrats may smell blood in the water. Menendez has appeared scandal-prone since right-wing media outlets paid three women to claim they had had sexual relations with Menendez in 2012, while they were underage, according to interviews with the women conducted by Dominican Republic police that revealed they had been paid off.