Watch: Prosecuting Corruption After McDonnell
Perspectives on the Impact of the Supreme Court Decision
This summer, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell due to faulty jury instructions, finding that “setting up a meeting, calling another public official, or hosting an event does not, standing alone, qualify as an ‘official act’” to establish quid pro quo corruption under the federal bribery statute.
How has this decision redefined the line between politics and corruption? How will it affect ongoing prosecutions, like that of Senator Robert Menendez, and the appeals of recently convicted politicians, like former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver?