Skilling Covers Charges Based On State Law, 5th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (August 15, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2010 decision in Skilling v. U.S. narrowing the scope of honest services fraud applies to federal corruption prosecutions that involve state law, the Fifth Circuit said Tuesday in a precedential opinion.

The June 2010 Skilling decision found that honest services fraud charges applied only to bribery and kickback schemes, not other conduct like conflict-of-interest schemes. In handing down the ruling, the Supreme Court said it hoped to establish a "uniform national standard" for honest services fraud prosecutions.

A three-judge panel for the...
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