Meet the judicial renegade supervising Sen. Menendez’s trial

Newark, New Jersey( CNN) Passing references to Agatha Christie fictions, a nod to a carrot-based stew served during Jewish vacations, and an “old Mesopotamian” adage on herding cats have managed to glisten through the federal corruption trial against Sen. Bob Menendez through an unconventional source: an 84 -year-old federal judge.

Through self-described daily “homilies, ” akin to a first-year law school class with a cantankerous prof, Judge William H. Walls’ one-man depict holds the courtroom captive as he spars with lawyers trying to get a word in before he erupts — in either laughter or fury.

Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, stands accused of accepting bribes from a long-time friend turned co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in return for political favors.

CNN interview to be used in Menendez trial

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