UN Bribery Ruling Further Defines The Limits Of McDonnell

By Jody Godoy (August 9, 2019, 7:47 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit closed the door on defendants hoping to invoke the U.S. Supreme Court's McDonnell ruling in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases — a decision showing the ruling does not apply across the spectrum of corruption prosecutions as some defense attorneys had hoped.

The ruling on Friday upheld the conviction of Ng Lap Seng, a wealthy Chinese developer convicted on FCPA and other charges over a scheme to bribe United Nations officials. Ng had argued extensively during his trial and on appeal that the FCPA charges in his case should be subject to the McDonnell v. U.S. ruling.

Ng was...

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