Siegelman appeals with “powerful and unique” argument on quid pro quo

Hats off the legal defense team for the former Alabama Governor and a hat tip to the White Collar Crime  Prof blog for pointing out the significance of the argument on quid pro quo Рthe basis for USA v Scruggs and a key factor in USA v Moutrie as well.

The first argument in the brief is powerful and unique.¬† It takes the quid pro quo requirement used in the Supreme Court’s McCormick case, a Hobbs Act case involving campaign contributions, and applies it to the “honest services” aspect of the mail fraud, conspiracy to commit, and bribery portions of the charges here. Continue reading “Siegelman appeals with “powerful and unique” argument on quid pro quo”