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May 12, 2020

CAFE Insider Sample 5/12: Water Under the Bridgegate

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In this clip from the latest episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “Water Under the Bridgegate,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Kelly v. United States to overturn the fraud convictions of two members of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration — and the implications of that decision on the future of public corruption prosecutions.

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REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

BRIDGEGATE

  • Kelly v. United States (2020)the unanimous Supreme Court decision overturning the convictions of former NJ Governor Chris Christie’s associates for their roles in Bridgegate
  • McDonnell v. United States (2015), Supreme Court precedent which narrowed the legal definition of public corruption
  • Skilling v. United States (2009), the Supreme Court case concerning the Enron scandal which significantly curtailed the scope of the “honest services” fraud statute
  • 18 U.S. Code § 1343, Fraud by wire, radio, or television
  • 18 U.S. Code § 666, Theft or bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds
  • 18 U.S. Code § 241, Conspiracy against rights
  • Doing Justice, Preet’s book, in which he discusses prosecuting bad behavior under imperfect statutes
  • President Trump’s tweet congratulating Chris Christie on the Kelly decision, 5/7/20

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CAFE Insider Sample 5/12: Water Under the Bridgegate

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