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Federalism and Federal Anti-Corruption Prosecutions

Daniel Richman reviews the recent Percoco v. United States U.S. Supreme Court decision in which a unanimous court, partially on federalism grounds, overturned a state official’s corruption conviction. Richman notes that “principles of federalism have combined with concerns about vagueness and First Amendment chill to regularly produce . . . restrictive statutory interpretations that heighten the evidentiary burden on the prosecution.” Read more here.