Bridgegate Ruling Reins In Federal Prosecutorial Power

By David Brodsky, Rahul Mukhi, Matthew Solomon and Victoriya Levina (May 12, 2020, 6:17 PM EDT) -- On May 7, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Kelly v. United States that the "Bridgegate" political retribution scheme did not violate the wire fraud or federal-program fraud statutes.[1]

Although the government proved that the defendants devised and facilitated the closing of multiple lanes of the George Washington Bridge in September 2013, resulting in days of traffic gridlock, the court reasoned that the charged conduct was an exercise of regulatory power that did not concern a property interest, and any implementation costs associated with the traffic lane realignment, although government property, were a byproduct of the scheme rather than its...

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