Legal Blog: Public Corruption

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

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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

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