US Probe Into NJ Bridge Debacle Faces Tough Odds

Law360, New York (January 9, 2014, 9:51 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors probing politically motivated lane closings to the George Washington Bridge that have been tied to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration could have a tough time establishing criminal liability, especially because they might not have a so-called honest services fraud charge at their disposal.

That's because of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Skilling v. U.S., which held that honest services fraud is limited to schemes involving bribery or kickbacks. While the actions of some officials with the Port Authority of New York...
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