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New York Law Journal: Federal Public Corruption Prosecution After ‘Bridgegate’

June 16, 2020

O’Melveny partner Nicole Argentieri and counsel Matt Cowan co-authored this New York Law Journal article, which discusses the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion in Kelly v. United States and its implications.

“The Supreme Court’s recent unanimous opinion in Kelly v. United States is the latest in a series of high court decisions curtailing the power of federal law enforcement to prosecute public corruption,” Argentieri and Cowan wrote. “Stemming from the so-called ‘Bridgegate’ scandal, in which New Jersey officials intentionally caused a days-long traffic jam to serve the governor’s re-election campaign, the case confirms that only a narrow band of corrupt practices by state or local officials runs afoul of federal fraud statutes—typically those that involve a concrete showing of cash flowing into the official’s pockets in exchange for official action.”

New York Law Journal subscribers can read the full article here.