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What Is the Impact of Recent Supreme Court Rulings on the Scope of Federal Fraud Statutes in Prosecuting Corruption?

May 17, 2023

White Collar Defense & Investigations partner Murad Hussain was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article "SCOTUS Scales Back Fraud Statutes' Reach, but Ambiguity Persists." The story discusses how a series of rulings by the Supreme Court has narrowed federal fraud statutes—viewed by some as curbing prosecutorial overreach—and have left potentially unresolved questions about the definition of "property" interests in fraud cases, resulting in concerns about due process and vagueness in their application.

Hussain noted that the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected aggressive applications of federal fraud laws to alleged political corruption, especially in the context state and local officials.

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