9th Circ. Denies Retrial For Contractor In Bribery Scheme

Law360, Los Angeles (March 10, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday rejected the attempts of California businessman Brent Wilkes to overturn his conviction for bribing former Rep. Randall Cunningham in exchange for lucrative government contracts, ruling Cunningham’s declaration that Wilkes is innocent is not enough to justify a new trial.

Judge Milan Smith Jr., writing for a unanimous panel, affirmed a lower court’s decision that the allegedly new evidence was available at trial and that it was unlikely to result in an acquittal. Wilkes pointed to Cunningham’s statements that Wilkes never...
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