The Prosecution and Defense of Public Corruption: The Law and Legal Strategies
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The aim of this publication is for a distinctive and comprehensive look on the many and varied ways that the federal government seeks to prevent and punish corruption at all levels of government leadership. This is a comprehensive guide to how the law works and the issues under a particular provision provides a thorough legal analysis concentrating primarily on the federal laws applied to prosecute public corruption. The publication surveys the wide range of federal statutes that authorize prosecution for the misuse of public authority and the protection of government officials from corrupting influences, covering bribery and unlawful gratuities, conflicts of interest, campaign finance, and federal employment practices restrictions. This publication analyzes both the substantive provisions and related topics that can come up in any case, such as venue and sentencing. The focus is on how these laws work at a practical level, identifying the important issues and leading cases that provide the foundation for understanding how the case will unfold.
Over the past fifty years, the prosecution of public corruption has been a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice. There has been no shortage of cases, from prosecutions of members of Congress, to governors and state legislators, to local officials throughout the country. Since the first edition of this book appeared, charges have been pursued against a former governor of Virginia and his wife, and the former mayors of Detroit and New Orleans were convicted for accepting bribes. Compared to other nations, the United States is certainly not one in which corruption is pervasive, but it still occurs far too often and has a negative impact on the public perception of government.
The 2022 edition ISBN is 9781663338037.
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Table of contents
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC CORRUPTION LAW
CHAPTER 2 BRIBERY AND UNLAWFUL GRATUITIES INVOLVING FEDERAL OFFICIALS (18 U.S.C § 201)
CHAPTER 3 SPECIALIZED FEDERAL CORRUPTION STATUTES
CHAPTER 4 THEFT OR BRIBERY CONCERNING PROGRAMS RECEIVING FEDERAL FUNDS (18 U.S.C § 666)
CHAPTER 5 THE HOBBS ACT (18 U.S.C. § 1951)
CHAPTER 6 MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD AND THE RIGHT OF HONEST SERVICES (18 U.S.C. § 1346)
CHAPTER 7 THE TRAVEL ACT (18 U.S.C. § 1952)
CHAPTER 8 FALSE STATEMENTS (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
CHAPTER 9 CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATUTES
CHAPTER 10 ELECTION-RELATED CRIMES
CHAPTER 11 PATRONAGE AND RELATED FEDERAL POLITICAL EMPLOYMENT OFFENSES
CHAPTER 12 CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND LOBBYING
CHAPTER 13 RICO AND PUBLIC CORRUPTION
CHAPTER 14 VENUE IN FEDERAL CORRUPTION PROSECUTIONS
CHAPTER 15 INVESTIGATIVE AND TRIAL ISSUES
CHAPTER 16 THE SPEECH OR DEBATE CLAUSE
CHAPTER 17 SENTENCING
TABLE OF CASES
TABLE OF STATUTES