Prosecuting Honest Services Fraud Post-Skilling

Law360, New York (December 16, 2011, 12:02 PM EST) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Skilling v. United States last June and limited the scope of honest services fraud, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from those already convicted or facing prosecution under the statute.

But as former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (who was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison) and former Massachusetts Speaker of the House of Representatives Sal DiMasi (who recently reported to prison to start serving his eight-year sentence) learned the hard way, Skilling has afforded little refuge to those who are found to have used their positions for...

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