Skilling Kills Judge’s Corruption Conviction: Magistrate

Law360, New York (November 14, 2011, 6:37 PM EST) -- A magistrate judge recommended Thursday that a federal court dismiss the corruption conviction of a former Georgia state judge accused of nixing and reducing sentences as favors to friends, saying the charges fell short in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Skilling.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles H. Weigle said the alleged actions of Brooks E. Blitch III, the former chief superior judge of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit, fell outside the reach of the honest-services doctrine as defined by the high court's landmark...
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