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Supreme Court makes it harder to prosecute officials for taking bribes

Supreme Court makes it harder to prosecute officials for taking bribes

The Supreme Court on Monday made it much harder to prosecute public officials for bribery, ruling that governors, legislators, mayors or their advisors who take secret cash from wealthy people for setting up special meetings are not guilty of a crime.

The justices by a 8-0 vote overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell because prosecutors did not prove that he took a direct “official action” in exchange for the $175,000 in gifts and loans he received from a businessman who was promoting a dietary supplement made from tobacco.

McDonnell’s was a “tawdry tale” of “Ferraris, Rolexes and ball...

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