“Honest services” law pared down

Three cases, three rulings; Opinions recapped

(Blog Post) Three separate rulings, threatening (though not quite nullifying) convictions or prosecutions in three different criminal corruption cases, put an exclamation point on the defeat for government prosecutors in their efforts to salvage wide discretion in employing the so-called “honest services fraud” law, enacted in 1988 in an attempt to overturn a 1987 Supreme Court ruling. The lead ruling — producing 105 pages of often deeply conflicting views — ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Beth Wellington - Jun 24, 2010 - 5:19 PM PDT
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by Beth Wellington - Jun. 24, 2010

Denniston, to my mind, is the best in his field of covering significant Supreme Court decisions with a depth, subtlety and context you don't always find in the mainstream media.

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