1st Circ. Affirms Narrow Scope Of Federal Criminal Statutes

Law360, New York (January 23, 2017, 11:39 AM EST) -- Joshua S. Levy

Daniel E. Fine On Dec. 19, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Tavares.[1] In 2014, three officials of the Massachusetts Office of the Commissioner of Probation ("OCP"), which employs probation officers throughout Massachusetts, were convicted of racketeering and mail fraud violations for catering to hiring requests from state legislators in hopes of obtaining increased funding for the OCP. The First Circuit reversed the convictions and entered acquittal for the officials — the commissioner of probation, John O'Brien, and two others — finding that there was not sufficient evidence...

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