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POLITICO: Supreme Court Likely To Toss New York Corruption Convictions

November 28, 2022

Two cases were heard by the US Supreme Court yesterday pertaining to corruption in the state of New York. Louis Ciminelli, who allegedly conspired to rig bids in the New York state-funded “Buffalo Billion” project, is seeking to overturn a Second Circuit conviction that was based on the premise that he “deprived officials of ‘potentially valuable economic information’ and interfered with the ‘right to control’ certain assets — rather than the notion that developers caused economic harm to the state government or its agencies.” The justices are considering flaws in the Second Circuit’s decision and will determine to either uphold the conviction or order an acquittal. Michael Dreeben, Ciminelli’s lawyer, said allowing the government to change its approach now would be fundamentally unfair.

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