Will McDonnell Corruption Decision Save Silver And Skelos?

Law360, New York (July 13, 2016, 12:09 PM EDT) -- In the last decision announced on the final day of its spring 2016 term, the U.S. Supreme Court lit a spark of hope in the hearts of politicians around the country that have been convicted of corruption or that may be facing corruption charges. The unanimous court vacated the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, finding that he while he was handsomely paid by a businessman seeking aid from the state government, McDonnell did not, in return, take any "official acts" to aid the businessman.[1] Instead, he merely arranged meetings for the businessman and generally promoted his business interests. This was a "tawdry" scheme, but because McDonnell's efforts to aid the businessman did not meet the statutory definition of "official acts," there was no criminal bribery.[2]...

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