Oct 29
8:37 PM

Sounds like a good law to me . . .

What do Rod Blagojevich, former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, former Illinois Governor George Ryan, former Alaska Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, and former newspaper magnate Conrad Black have in common?  They're all former, powerful, big-wigs?  Yes, but that's too obvious.  They're all going to co-star in a new reality series?  That sounds like a blockbuster, but no.  Not yet, anyway.  The answer is: they've all either been convicted of or charged with violating the "honest services" statute.  Say what?  Believe it or not, we the people have the right to the "honest services" of those who serve us in government–and even from corporate types.  It says so right there in 18 USCA 1346.  (Cheney's probably quaking in his duck blind at that revelation.)  Skilling's case is headed to the US Supreme Court, with cert having been granted just last week. (That link will take you to links for the briefs, as well.  Interesting stuff.)  Not showing any bias at all, Justice Scalia has already weighed in, according to a New York Times article (which also has links to some of the other cases).  "The 'honest services' law," says Scalia, "says that 'officeholders and employees owe a duty to act only in the best interests of their constituents and employers.'  Carried to its logical extreme, he said, 'It would seemingly cover a salaried employee's phoning in sick to go to a ballgame.'"  Sounds like at least some tweaking of the statute may be in order.  If you want just a quick overview, look here.

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