McDonnell v. United States

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Petitioner and Urging Reversal.

Brief filed: 03/07/2016


McDonnell v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 15-474

Prior Decision

Decision below 792 F.3d 478 (4th Cir. July 10, 2015).


The lower courts’ interpretation of "official act" violates principles that limit the scope of broadly worded federal criminal statutes. The statutes at issue are impermissibly vague if they cannot be construed to limit the scope of "official act."

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John D. Cline, Law Office of John D. Cline, San Francisco, CA; Jeffrey T. Green, Washington, DC.