Details of Luxury Travel Dominate Robert Menendez’s Corruption Trial

Indeed, for most of the third week of testimony, the trial has become a travel seminar, taking a slight detour into a protracted presentation of the extravagant lifestyle that prosecutors say Mr. Menendez enjoyed courtesy of Dr. Melgen.

Mr. Lowell questioned Mr. Lavey further about other luxuries, appearing to skewer the prosecution’s intense interest in the minutiae of the senator’s travel history.

On the pillows: “Feather or foam?” (They offer both.)

On the espresso machines: “What kind of espresso beans?” (They’re in capsules.)

On the mattresses: “What kind of mattress is it?” (A Sealy.)

Before Mr. Lowell’s questioning, Mr. Koski asked Mr. Lavey to describe the hotel.

“The property, Park Hyatt, is our highest tier brand,” he said. “It’s in the upscale luxury category. So it’s the highest tier hotel that we offer.”

The Paris descriptions followed similar depictions a day earlier.

On Monday, the windowless federal courtroom here was momentarily transplanted to the shimmering white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic, where properties at Casa de Campo, the gated community where Dr. Melgen owns a home, sell for as high as $40 million (Mr. Melgen’s is most likely between $1 million and $2.5 million), and which claims one of the top 50 golf courses in the world.

In the testimony of Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, president of Casa de Campo, jurors were walked through promotional pictures showing rows of homes along translucent, teal-tinted seas, opulent restaurants and the signature seventh hole of the Teeth of the Dog golf course.

One amenity, pheasant shooting, piqued the interest of Judge William H. Walls.

“You have pheasants down there to shoot?” the judge asked.

“Well, we imported the eggs and we cultivate the pheasants,” Mr. Rosenberg said.

“You cultivate them to be shot?”

“Well,” Mr. Rosenberg’s began but trailed off as the people in the courtroom began to laugh.

A lawyer for Dr. Melgen, Kirk Ogrosky, in his cross-examination, also noted the glossy promotionals.

“These pictures, these are all from your marketing materials?” he asked.

“Yes, they are,” Mr. Rosenberg said.

Mr. Ogrosky nodded and closed his binder. “Looks very nice,” he said, and returned to his seat.

“Thanks,” a smiling Mr. Rosenberg replied.

For much of the trial, the prosecutors have repeatedly introduced evidence to prove the existence of the flights Mr. Menendez took on Mr. Melgen’s…

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