t. Here’s the question presented:
When the Government prosecutes a public official for soliciting campaign contributions in alleged violation of the Hobbs Act or other federal anticorruption laws, must the Government prove the defendant made an “explicit promise or… Continue reading
Five days after the Department of Justice announced that it would retry Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the judge in the case all but ripped out its core. Prosecutors, he said in an 53-page opinion, had failed to… Continue reading
, with the subhead: “Ex-Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano says it’s unfair to charge him with bribery, but not New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio because a businessman pleaded guilty to bribing both men.”
News today t
hat DOJ, after a hung jury the last time, has dropped the remaining charges against Sen. Menendez (some were dropped by the judge after the first trial). Much of the reason for the problems with the charges… Continue reading
Interesting New York Times report
on Mayor De Blasio. Something stinks.
A federal judge has acquitted Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen on seven of the 18 counts they were tried on last year, just days after the Justice Department announced its intent to try the duo again… Continue reading
A campaign donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio secretly pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery, admitting that he used his contributions to the mayor to try to win favorable lease terms for a restaurant he owned on city… Continue reading
Long Beach Press Telegram:
Legal scholars say even if Fox or another candidate dropped out of the race because of a deal struck, it would have been within the law.
“You may think possibly this smells bad,” said Daniel Hays… Continue reading
A group of high-profile Illinois Democrats have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s case.
In an amicus brief filed Monday, the who’s who list of current and former Illinois Democratic congressional delegation members… Continue reading
The F.B.I. is investigating whether Representative Robert A. Brady of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the House Administration Committee, illegally paid a political opponent $90,000 to drop out of a 2012 primary race, court documents show.
Two of Mr.… Continue reading
The trend began in 1999 when a Supreme Court case called United States v. Sun Diamond Growers of California
chipped away at the government’s ability to prosecute officials for taking what are known as gratuities — or minor gifts… Continue reading
The federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey ended in a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict, leaving Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, free to return to Congress but injecting… Continue reading
A juror who was excused from the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez on Thursday gave a glimpse into deliberations, saying most jurors favor acquittal and that she would have cast a not-guilty vote for the New Jersey Democrat… Continue reading
Important Matt Ford
in The Atlantic:
Menendez has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyers argue the favors don’t rise to the newly heightened standard of official acts. Federal prosecutors, for their part, argue that the stream of benefits that flowed… Continue reading