Today the US Supreme Court issued opinions in three cases closely watched by the business community: Skilling v. United States (08-1394), Black v. United States (08-876), and Weyhrauch v. United States (08-1196). The Court held the "honest services" criminal statute - which provides that the federal mail and wire fraud offenses encompass "a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services" - encompasses only bribery and kickback schemes. This narrowing of the fraud statute could impact future prosecutions.
Please join Mayer Brown partners James Barz, a former Assistant United States Attorney, and Andrew Pincus, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General and General Counsel of the US Department of Commerce, for a 30-minute teleconference to discuss the Justices' interpretation of the statute and its impact going forward.
James E. Barz
Andrew J. Pincus
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