A key weapon in the arsenal of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and his prosecutors in Chicago has been a section of the federal anti-fraud statute that makes it a crime to deprive citizens or corporate shareholders of "honest services." It's been used to convict dozens of state and local government officials as well as newspaper magnate Conrad Black. But the U.S. Supreme Court's May decision to review Black's 2007 conviction may put the brakes on the honest services provision.
DOJ May Rein In Use of 'Honest Services' Statute
The National Law Journal
June 15, 2009