Gov't Use Of Travel Act To Charge Corruption Might Backfire

Law360, New York (November 13, 2017, 9:36 AM EST) -- In the last several years, the U.S. Supreme Court has drastically reduced the ability of prosecutors to use federal corruption statutes in a broad manner. Its decisions, first limiting the scope of honest services fraud in Skilling v. U.S. to only include bribery and kickbacks, and then restricting the types of “official acts” that can be part of a quid pro quo arrangement in McDonnell v. U.S., has upended convictions of high-ranking public officials across the country. Prosecutors are now limited in their ability to use...
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