Post-Skilling Programs and Press

NEW!  NACDL's White Collar Summer Series: "A Conversation With Abbe David Lowell" - This unique one hour program with prominent defense attorney Abbe D. Lowell discusses lessons learned from his defense of John Edwards, and other prominent politicians, and explores the overcriminalization implications of such prosecutions.  Click here to watch! 

The Supreme Court’s decision in Skilling v. United States fundamentally altered the landscape of 18 U.S.C. § 1346 honest services fraud prosecutions. Cases and clients at every stage of the criminal adjudication process are affected by the Skilling decision and the uncertain state of law. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice and other organizations are lobbying for a Skilling-fix. NACDL opposes such a fix and any attempts to restore a limitless honest service fraud statute. This page includes programs and news on honest services fraud and public corruption following the Skilling decision.

Post-Skilling Programs

NEW!  NACDL's White Collar Summer Series: "A Conversation With Abbe David Lowell"

This unique one hour program with prominent defense attorney Abbe D. Lowell discusses lessons learned from his defense of John Edwards, and other prominent politicians, and explores the overcriminalization implications of such prosecutions.  Click here to watch! 

Podcast: Andrew Wise & James Copland on Honest Services and the Ring Prosecution 

Andrew Wise, leading D.C. defense attorney at Miller Chevalier and James Copland, director of the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute, discuss the 'Honest Services' Fraud Statute and Wise's defense of Kevin Ring, a former lobbyist who was involved in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. Click here for the audio! 

Public Corruption Hill Staffer Training: Have You Committed a Felony Today? 

Federal criminal laws present a labyrinth that is difficult for staffers to navigate in order to stay on the right side of the law.  On October 7, 2011, NACDL and the Heritage Foundation co-hosted a training on Capitol Hill to address this very issue.  This panel of experts explores the pitfalls facing Hill staffers in federal criminal law and shares insights on what staffers can do to avoid being prosecuted for how they do their job.  For anyone working on or around Capitol Hill, this must-see program will help you answer that critical question: Have you committed a felony today?  Click here for the video!  

Post-Skilling Press

"When is a campaign contribution a bribe?" The Washington Post, August 12, 2012.

Abbe Lowell: Prosecutors’ bad decisions should have real costs,” The Washington Post, June 21, 2012. [Related article here].

Edwards Mistrial Puts Sharp Focus On Justice Department,” The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes, May 31, 2012. [More here]

Legal experts question theory of Edwards case,” Politico, April 25, 2012. [More coverage here and here]

In Alabama, 2nd Corruption Trial Ends in Acquittals,” The New York Times, March 7, 2012.

Distinguishing between the ‘public corruption amendment’ and fighting public corruption,” PointofLaw.com, February 13, 2012.

STOCK Act’s expansive jurisdiction could lead to abuse of power,” NACDL’s Shana-Tara Regon, The Hill, February 10, 2012. [More commentary here]

"Stewart and Wayne: Broader DOJ Authority to Prosecute Public Officials is Wrong Priority," Roll Call, November 30, 2011.

"Bruno Faces Retrial After Panel Vacates Corruption Convictions," New York Law Journal, November 17, 2011. [Opinion here and more coverage here]

"Federal Judge Denies John Edwards’ Bid to Dismiss Campaign Case," The Associated Press, October 27, 2011.

"Abramoff Associate Kevin Ring Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison," Main Justice, October 26, 2011.

"Judge Rejects DOJ's Recommended Sentence for Ex-Abramoff Associate," Main Justice, September 20, 2011. [Read the Court's Sentencing Opinion here]

"Post-Skilling Government Approach – Depends on the Case," White Collar Crime Prof Blog, August 21, 2011.

"Congress, DOJ Grapple With Revising Corruption Laws," The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes, July 26, 2011.

"John Edwards indicted on campaign finance charges," The Washington Post, June 3, 2011. [Indictment and more coverage here]

"11th Circuit Tosses Out Part of Scrushy Conviction," The Associated Press, May 11, 2011.

"Sixth Circuit Vacates Honest Services Wire Fraud and False Statement Convictions of Former Tennessee State Senator," White Collar Crime Prof Blog, April 15, 2011. The 6th Circuit decision is available here.

"U.S. appeals court upholds Jeff Skilling conviction," Reuters, April 6, 2011. The 5th Circuit decision is available here. For more analysis, see Prof. Ellen Podgor's "Commentary on Skilling Remand Decision," April 7, 2011.

"Weyhrauch Mail Fraud Case Finally Dismissed," White Collar Crime Prof Blog, March 15, 2011.

"Conrad Black Won't Be Retried on Honest Services Fraud Charges, U.S. Says," Bloomberg, January 13, 2011.

"Criminal fraud cases survive Skilling decision," The National Law Journal, January 3, 2011.

 

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