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Jan Baran Discusses Lessons of McDonnells’ Conviction on Corruption Charges

Politico
September 9, 2014

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted in an article published September 4 in Politico about some of the takeaways for politicians from the corruption trial of Robert and Maureen McDonnell. 

A federal jury convicted the McDonnells of corruption in connection with gifts they accepted while Mr. McDonnell was governor.  Some observers of the trial noted that judge’s definition of an “official act” in the jury instructions could be interpreted on appeal as overbroad.

“Arguing about whether an act is official tends to concede that there was a quid pro quo, it just wasn’t official,” Mr. Baran said.  “That is a very weak position to be in.”

To read the entire Politico article, click here.