11th Circ. Affirms Ex-Fla. Port Official's Bribery Conviction

Law360, Los Angeles (March 13, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday denied a former Florida port official's latest bid for a new trial after being convicted of accepting $140,000 in illegal payments from a contractor, saying federal law prohibits public officials from taking bribes, regardless of an organization's potential economic losses.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court dismissed ex-Jacksonville Port Authority board member Tony D. Nelson's argument that he did not deprive the organization of its “honest services,” even if he did receive bribes from dredging contractor Subaqueous Services Inc. He...
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