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Bob McDonnell and the Hobbs Act

June 27, 2016

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted official acts that were corrupt under the Hobbs Act. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated that conviction but did not find that the Hobbs Act was unconstitutional.

McDonnell v. United States

Thus the limited decision rendered today in McDonnell vs. United States allows the Federal government to define what is “corrupt” even though those actions are not corrupt under state law.

Every elected official in the fifty states needs to watch his back and be certain that every favor, every political debt he repays, may not be construed as illegal in the eyes of attorneys in the U.S. Justice Department.

And we wonder why so few want to serve in elected office?

 

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