Senate Panel OKs Harsher Public Corruption Penalties

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, that aims to provide prosecutors with stronger tools for tackling public corruption.

The committee voted 14-4 to report the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act, which would raise the maximum penalties and strengthen federal criminal law for criminal conduct by public officials. The bill will now go to the full Senate.

“This kind of corruption erodes the trust the American people have in those given the privilege of...
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