“Bridgegate” in SCOTUS

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Kelly v. United States. The Hill has this story, and Amy Howe’s SCOTUSblog preview is here. At issue in the case are the convictions of an aide to then-Governor Chris Christie and the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority for their parts in closing two lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. That created a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, NJ, allegedly to punish its mayor for not supporting Christie’s reelection. The central legal question is whether a public official “defrauds” the government, under the federal wire fraud and federal program fraud statutes, by lying about the reason for their action.

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