High Court Puts Honest Services Law In Hot Seat

Law360, New York (December 8, 2009, 7:52 PM EST) -- During oral arguments in two cases Tuesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices repeatedly questioned whether the honest services provision of the mail fraud statute — a long-held weapon of federal prosecutors — was too vague.

The high court held oral arguments in the cases of media baron Conrad Black and former Alaska Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, who have both challenged the honest services provision.

Through its decisions in those cases and in one involving former Enron Corp. honcho Jeffrey Skilling, which will be heard later this session, the...
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