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New York: N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Pleads Guilty to bribery The Wall Street Journal

New York: Political operative Steven Pigeon indicted on bribery, extortion and 7 other charges The Buffalo News

New Jersey: Lab at the center of massive physician-bribery scheme pleads guilty

Texas: Ex-Dallas County DA chief investigator admits taking bribe to drop case The Dallas Morning News

California: Former L.A. sheriff's official gets five years in jail probe Reuters 

Global: U.S. prosecutors link Chinese officials to U.N. bribe case Reuters

Russia: Russian Opposition Governor Arrested for Corruption Claims Innocence The Moscow Times


Taxation, corruption, and growth European Economic Review
Other Views:

Symposium: Is it bribery or "the basic compact underlying representative government"? SCOTUSblog

The Politicians Who Stayed Quiet on the Supreme Court's Corruption Ruling The Atlantic
CAPI in the News:

Pawlowski attorney: Supreme Court ruling may spare mayor from prosecution The Morning Call (CAPI mention)

It Just Got a Little Easier to Be a Crooked Politician The Fiscal Times (CAPI mention)

Supreme Court puts reins on corruption probes The Record (CAPI Mention)

SCOTUS' decision echoes in Silver, Skelos appeals Politico (CAPI Mention)

In bribery case, Supreme Court narrows definition of 'official acts' The Christian Science Monitor (CAPI Mention)

Is Bob McDonnell ruling a lifeline for New Orleans' Bill Jefferson? The Times-Picayune (CAPI Mention)
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Last year, former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were convicted of accepting bribes and gifts totaling over $175,000 from businessman Jonnie Williams. In exchange, the governor helped Williams by advocating for his business interests and arranging meetings to benefit his company, actions which the jury concluded constituted official acts. 

On Monday, ruling on McDonnell's appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed McDonnell's conviction, ruling that the jury was improperly instructed on the meaning of "official action." What does this mean for McDonnell's case, and how will the Supreme Court's decision impact other corruption cases? 
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Executive Director Rodgers weighs in on Metrofocus
The ongoing investigations into Mayor de Blasio's administration, the NYPD corruption probe, Norman Seabrook's arrest (read our brief here), and now the Supreme Court's decision to overturn former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's conviction have given the anti-corruption community a lot to talk about in recent weeks. MetroFocus spoke with Executive Director Rodgers to gain some clarity in these areas, and to understand how the Supreme Court's decision could impact Sheldon Silver's and Dean Skelos's appeals. 
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