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NPT: El Paso FBI SAC’s statement on Jones, Sanchez indictment

Comment from the office of El Paso FBI Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson:

“The indictment unsealed today demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to the investigation of public corruption, which has plagued the El Paso community for far too long. The conduct alleged in the indictment provides an illustration of how a core group of influential individuals attempted to subvert governmental procurement processes for their own personal gain. Sabotage of legal procurement processes wastes scarce taxpayer dollars, and it frustrates the efforts of honest prospective vendors who attempt to secure government contracts legitimately.”

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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    “we called upon Wayne State’s Peter Henning, who crafted the piece below.

    The Supreme Court’s decision to review the conviction of former media baron Conrad Black will be its first opportunity to interpret the honest services provision. What the Court will do is, of course, anyone’s guess, but there are a few issues I think it is likely to decide in the case.

    First, the question of whether the statute is unconstitutionally vague will probably be confronted.

    USA v. Conrad Black Will Be a Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

    By Mark Fitzgerald

    Published: May 22, 2009 11:15 AM ET

    If the Supreme Court accepts the concept, it will give prosecutors a powerful weapon in prosecuting alleged fraud. If the court rejects “honest services” fraud, Conrad Black won’t be the only convicted white collar criminal winning back his freedom — and many people who will never be accused of any crime are likely to cheer a limitation on what’s become almost standard federal prosecutorial overreaching.

    Conrad Black’s conviction will allow the Supreme Court to give a final and, presumably, unambiguous judgment on “honest services” fraud. USA v. Black, et al will be cited in legal documents for decades to come.

    Carl Starr

    June 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

  2. The Boston Globe

    June 22, 2009 Monday

    DiMasi defense targets a controversial law;
    Ex-House speaker’s legal team may challenge `honest services’ statute

    BYLINE: By Jonathan Saltzman, GLOBE STAFF

    SECTION: NEWS; Metro; Pg. 1

    LENGTH: 1130 words

    As lawyers for former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi prepare to defend him and three associates against federal corruption charges, it is increasingly clear that they plan to challenge a law that US prosecutors have used in recent years to go after politicians, business leaders, and even basketball coaches.

    During a hearing Wednesday in US District Court in Boston, lawyers for DiMasi and a codefendant, Richard Vitale, an accountant and former DiMasi campaign treasurer, said the 1988 statute that undergirds the “honest services” fraud charges against the four defendants is hopelessly vague and being misused by prosecutors.

    Carl Starr

    June 29, 2009 at 8:02 am

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