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Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP | USA | 1 Jul 2010

The Supreme Court constricts the scope of the “honest services” statute

In one of the most significant white-collar crime rulings in recent memory, the Supreme Court last Thursday in Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S. ___ (2010) (Case No. 08-1394) held that 18 U.S.C. 1346, the so-called “honest services” statute, covers only bribery and kickback schemes, considerably limiting the scope of the statute, which, for years, has been considered among the most powerful weapons available to federal prosecutors.

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