3rd Circ. Upholds Ex-NJ Lawmaker's Bribery Conviction

Law360, New York (October 19, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the conviction of a former New Jersey legislator for taking a $10,000 bribe to speed up permits for a multimillion-dollar real estate project.

A three-judge panel rejected ex-state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt's arguments that a district court had incorrectly instructed the jury that convicted him in May on counts of bribery and attempted extortion.

Van Pelt, 46, said the district court had erred in its jury instructions by not requiring a connection between the bribe and the official act performed...
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