Key Bribery Definition Tightened in U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

From the Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the definition of an “official act” under U.S. anti-bribery law when it tossed the corruption conviction of a former Virginia governor, with experts saying it brightened the line between legal and illegal conduct, but also potentially made cases tougher to prosecute.

Chief Justice Roberts, writing the opinion in a unanimous decision, ruled that an “official act” under the U.S. anti-bribery statute is “a decision or action” that’s “specific and focused” and “must involve a formal exercise of governmental power,” having called the government’s interpretation of the law boundless.

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