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Supreme Court Decision Restricts Government Prosecution of Political Corruption

In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the political corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell for conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and Hobbs Act extortion and making false statements to federal officials. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474, 579 U.S. ___ (2016). McDonnell and his wife, Maureen … Continue Reading

Kentucky High Court Upholds Attorney Ethics Rule Prohibiting Plea Agreements with ‘Ineffective Assistance’ Waivers

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has unanimously rejected a challenge by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office to Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion E-435, which states that the use of ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC) waivers in plea agreements violated Kentucky’s Rules of Professional Conduct. U.S. v. Kentucky Bar Assn., 2013-SC-000270-KB (Aug. 21, 2014). It has become common practice in … Continue Reading
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