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Bridgegate prosecutors set for closing arguments

Publisher: USA Today
October 28, 2016

Dan Wenner was quoted in an article, "Bridgegate prosecutors set for closing arguments," in USA Today. In the article, Wenner discusses how the judge decided to remove motive from the charges, meaning that prosecutors do not need to prove that defendants Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni closed the bridge access lanes with the intention of punishing the mayor of Fort Lee. Instead, the judge said that prosecutors must prove only that the pair deliberately misused the bridge, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Defense lawyers argued that such an instruction fundamentally changed the nature of the charges against their clients. "It goes against everything we all see on TV, which is that motive is all people talk about," said Wenner. "But in most cases, motive is not an element of the offense."

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