Honest Services Cases (Skilling, Black & Weyrauch) - Podcast

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group

June 28, 2010

John D. Cline, William G. Otis, John S. Baker, Jr., James C. Dunlop

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  Honest Services Cases (Skilling, Black & Weyhrauch) - MP3
Running Time: 00:51:45

Practice Groups PodcastsOn June 24, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decisions in Skilling v. US, Black v. US, and Weyhrauch v. US.  The Court held that the honest-services fraud statute (18 U.S.C. §1346) which criminalized "a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services" is unconstitutionally vague beyond circumstances involving bribery and kickbacks.  In this podcast, the speakers provide analysis of the opinions, background into the honest-services fraud statute, and the potential effects of the decisions.

Featuring:

  • Mr. John D. Cline, Law Office of John Cline
  • Mr. William Otis, Former Special White House Counsel
  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Moderator: Mr. James C. Dunlop, Jones Day

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Related Links

Skilling v. United States Slip Opinion, June 24, 2010 (PDF)
Black v. United States Slip Opinion, June 24, 2010 (PDF)
Weyhrauch v. United States Slip Opinion, June 24, 2010 (PDF)
NACDL Amicus Brief in Skilling v. United States by Barbara E. Bergman, Thomas A. Hagemann, and John D. Cline (PDF)
"Honest Services Mostly Survives" by William Otis, Crime and Consequences
"The Honest Services Argument and the Culture of Deceit" by William Otis, Crime and Consequences