Skilling Dooms Fraud Charges Against Ariz. Pol: Judge

Law360, New York (October 28, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT) -- A magistrate judge recommended Thursday that a federal court dismiss honest-services fraud charges against a former Arizona congressman accused of rigging a land deal, saying the allegations fell short in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Skilling decision.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco said the alleged actions of U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz. — coercing a mining company into buying land from a former business partner who owed him money — fell outside the reach of the honest-services doctrine as defined in the U.S. Supreme...
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