The Recent SCOTUS DECISION: HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE DON SIEGELMAN CASE? The Legal Schnauzer asks: “. . . U.S. Supreme Court overturns white-collar corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, but what about Don Siegelman, of Alabama?” Governor McDonnell was released by a SCOTUS decision because there was no “official action” taken in exchange for the lavish gifts he was given by businessman Williams. In other words, since a bribe must legally contain a “quid-pro-quo,” a something-in-exchange-for-something-else, the McDonnell case did not have all the parts to qualify for a bribe. In the Williams case there was no “quo”, no “official action” given in exchange for the gifts […]
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