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Ex-Pa. Rep. Fattah Wins Bribery Conviction Appeal

Law360 (August 9, 2018, 11:58 AM EDT) -- The Third Circuit agreed on Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of federal bribery law meant that Ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., should be retried on charges including allegations that he accepted gifts from a friend in exchange for attempting to secure him an ambassadorship.

A three-judge panel agreed that the Supreme Court’s ruling in McDonnell v. U.S., which redefined the scope of the “official acts” able to support a bribery charge, meant that jurors in Fattah’s case received erroneous instructions on the government’s burden....
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