Supreme Court Ruling Weakens Anti-Corruption Law

Weakened anti-corruption law could help ex-Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Who would have thought that when "anti-corruption" was being talked about, the name Enron would surface? Typically the name surfaces when one hears the word corruption. Well, a Supreme Court ruling may change all of that and help overturn the convictions of ex-Enron chief Jeffrey Skillings and media magnate Conrad Black. In ruling on "honest-services fraud," the justices said Skilling and Black were wrongly convicted on that charge. All of the justices agreed that such fraud was "too vague" to constitute a crime unless a bribe or kickback occurred. Skilling and Black were convicted on other charges, so the Supreme Court sent their cases back to lower courts for further proceedings. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is currently being tried on multiple charges of corruption, including depriving the public of "honest services." Alleged illegal actions don't count because there was no kickback or bribe. Huh? When you have that kind of money, who needs a kickback? Your friends may need a hookup. Supremely annoyed with the Supreme Court right now.

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