JUNE 24 2010

1. Siegelman lawyers see court ruling as good sign
2. Balance of Prosecutorial Power

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1.Siegelman lawyers see court ruling as good
sign
by Ron Johnson of  AP/Anniston Star

....Kilborn said the court could decide not to hear the appeal, but send
the case back to the 11th Circuit with instructions that the case be
reviewed again in light of the court's ruling in the Skilling case.

Kilborn said he believes the honest service statute redefined what
bribery in political corruption cases.

"Everybody knows bribery is a crime. But nobody from President
Obama to small town mayors thinks if you appoint someone to office
who gave you a contribution, that it's a crime," Kilborn said.

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2. Balance of Prosecutorial Power
Editorial in the New York Times

....In the dubious 2007 prosecution, for example, of Don Siegelman, a
former governor of Alabama, the Justice Department claimed that a
political contribution to a campaign to adopt a state lottery was
actually a bribe to get Mr. Siegelman to appoint the contributor to a
hospital board.

Since Mr. Siegelman, a Democrat, never actually received any money,
the bribery case was hard to make. Instead, he was convicted of five
counts of honest services fraud, one of bribery and one of
obstruction. (The case had strong political overtones, and Mr.
Siegelman’s appeal may be bolstered by Thursday’s ruling.)

Six justices on the Supreme Court, led by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said
the law should be limited to clear cases of bribery and kickbacks;
three other justices, led by Antonin Scalia, would have thrown out the
entire law. All agreed that in its current form, it was far too vague.

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"Everybody knows bribery is a
crime. But nobody from President
Obama to small town mayors
thinks if you appoint someone to
office who gave you a
contribution, that it's a crime,"
Kilborn said.