It didn't take long for California defense lawyers to take the Supreme Court's new honest services precedent out for a spin. The Court held last month that the "honest services" provision of the wire fraud statute is too vague and should only apply to cases involving bribery or kickbacks. The ruling prompted lawyers for recently convicted biotech executive Scott Harkonen to cite the new standard to a federal judge who is considering post-trial defense motions to throw out Harkonen's wire fraud conviction.
White-Collar Lawyers Make Quick Work of Supreme Court's Honest Services Ruling
July 9, 2010