8th Circ. Keeps Ex-Minn. Lawmaker Convicted For Kickbacks

Law360, New York (October 15, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit held Monday that a convicted Minnesota state representative’s complicated money laundering scam could be considered a kickback scheme under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Skilling v. U.S., refusing to vacate his conviction.

A three-judge panel affirmed a lower court’s decision declining to quash Loren G. Jennings’ 2005 conviction on two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. The jury found Jennings had used his political position to steer $650,000 in state conservation funds to Northern Pole Inc., a company...
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