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Honest Services Fraud

Junkie Pride

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

During his Sixty Minutes interview, I was not surprised to see that Abramoff was his usual likeable and articulate self. I was surprised, however, that Abramoff responded to his interviewer, Leslie Stahl, with almost "junkie pride."

Matt Sledge

Experts: Proposed Ethics Bills Could Withstand Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D) announced Monday that they are working together to tighten federal ethics laws. Ex-prosecutors s...

Quigley, Kirk Team Up To Sponsor Ethics Legislation

Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

Two Illinois legislators from opposite sides of the aisle are teaming up to introduce a pair of bills in Congress, aimed at shoring up what they see a...

What's Behind the "Honest Services" Decision?

James D. Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James D. Zirin

Rarely do U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg on the left and Scalia and Thomas on the right agree on anything, but on Thursday they did.

Skilling v. United States: The Chicago Connection

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

Skilling could be out on bail pending the resolution of his legal woes. Rod Blagojevich, whose trial on corruption charges began June 3 in federal court in Chicago, may not be so lucky.

SUPREME COURT FINALLY GUTS HONEST-SERVICE FRAUD

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

Today, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court gutted the honest-services fraud statute --"depriv[ing] another of the intangible right of honest se...

What Are Honest Services?

James D. Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James D. Zirin

No one can seriously doubt that we live in a time sadly memorialized by the dishonesty and hypocrisy of public officials. Is prosecuting them under an "honest services" statue effective?

Jeff Skilling, Ex-Enron CEO To Interviewer: 'Could You Buy Me A Cup Of Coffee?'

Fortune | Archelle Georgiou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Ninety minutes into our meeting, Skilling lowered his eyes to the floor. "I apologize for asking," he said, embarrassment in his voice. "Could you buy...

Review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money by Alex Gibney

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

I recently watched Casino Jack and the United State of Money, a new documentary about Jack Abramoff by filmmaker Alex Gibney, in a virtually empty mov...

The Actual State of Abe's State

Andy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

Illinois is one example of government gone amok and it is the citizens of the state who are left paying for the corruption every day through a "corruption tax."

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel Nixed DOJ Review of Political Prosecutions of Don Siegelman and Paul Minor

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

The Supreme Court is to address whether a U.S. citizen can be convicted and imprisoned for donating to a political campaign without the court requiring any evidence of an explicit quid pro quo.

Blagojevich Trial: Lawyers Ask For Delay, Prosecutors Call It Frivolous

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Chicago say an effort by ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyers to delay his corruption trial is frivolous and should be...

A Silver Lining In The Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision For Political Prisoner Paul Minor

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

The Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - duly criticized for clearing the way for runaway corporate mon...

Why Is Paul Minor Still Behind Bars?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Minor has spent the past three years a political prisoner, left to rot in jail after partisan operatives in the Bush administration targeted him for being the top Democratic funder in Mississippi.

Blagojevich Seeks To Have Trial Moved ... To Election Season

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich are seeking to delay the start of his trial next summer, court records show....

The Ring of Truth

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

A judge in D.C. reluctantly declared a mistrial for Kevin Ring, one of Abramoff's trusted lieutenants. It may be a sign that the reign of honest-services-fraud terror by federal prosecutors is ending.

Law Used To Indict Blagojevich Challenged As Vague

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Among the corruption charges faced by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is a statute of just 28 words with enough pop to send big n...

The Fraud of Honest-Services Fraud

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Essentially, honest-services fraud makes prosecutors omnipotent, because they can charge anybody they want with a federal felony.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

After the dark days at the Department of Justice under President Bush, not surprisingly integrity seems to have returned under President Obama and Eric Holder. But how far will that integrity go?