The Champion

July 2016 , Page 15 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

NACDL News: Supreme Court Rejects Expansive Interpretation of ‘Official Act’; Vacates and Remands Former Virginia Governor’s Case

By Ezra Dunkle-Polier, Katherine Holden, and Ivan J. Dominguez

Read more NACDL News columns.

In an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, on June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected the government’s expansive interpretation of what constitutes an impermissible “official act” under the federal bribery statute, the Hobbs Act, and the federal honest services statute.

The government had alleged that “official acts” for the purposes of these statutes included merely arranging meetings, making introductions and hosting events in connection with the business interests of a constituent, Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams, from whom former Gov. McDonnell and wife Maureen accepted loans, gifts and other benefits. Gov. McDonnell, per the opinion, contended “that merely setting up a meeting, hosting an event, or contacting an official — without more — does not count as an ‘official act.’” The Court agreed, holding that “[t]aking into account the text of the statute, the precedent of this Court, and the constitutional concerns raised by Gov. McDonnell, we rej

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.
login

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us
ad