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FAQ – Federal Bribery and Public Corruption Charges

FAQ – Federal Bribery and Public Corruption Charges

What is a federal bribery charge?

It is a federal crime to pay bribes or gratuities to public officials. 18 U.S.C. § 201. The federal government has in recent years aggressively prosecuted instances of bribery and gratuity payments to public officials.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), 15 U.S.C. § 78dd et seq., deals with bribery of foreign officials. That law makes it a crime for a US business or individual to make payments to a foreign official in exchange for an official act, or for the purpose of obtaining, retaining, or … Read More »

Thoughts on the Fourth Circuit’s Ruling in the McDonnell Case

For a while things were going well for former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his convictions for corruption related offenses. The Court allowed him to remain out of custody while the appeal was pending and the panel who heard his case – Judges Motz, King, and Thacker – was pretty favorable by Fourth Circuit standards.

But the Court ruled against him on every issue. In a published decision issued last Friday.

The media has (appropriately) given most of its attention to the Fourth Circuit’s decision to uphold the relatively broad definition of “official act” given to the jury by … Read More »