Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers want the Supreme Court to tackle that question when the justices hold their weekly conference Friday. The court could reveal as soon as next week whether it will take the case.
Blagojevich’s former colleagues in Congress are paying close attention.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, current and former public officials weighed in, including Illinois Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Bill Foster, Louis Gutiérrez, Mike Quigley and Bobby Rush, as well as Robert Barr a Republican former U.S. attorney and U.S. House member from Georgia.
The brief said a “bright-line standard” differentiating between bribery and campaign fundraising was needed “to prevent selective enforcement in the campaign contribution context, because it is the rule, rather than the exception, that a candidate’s financial supporters make contributions with the belief that the candidate, if elected, will adopt positions that further the supporters’ interests.”