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Supreme Court ruling weakens anti-corruption law

Supreme Court ruling weakens anti-corruption law --If there's no bribe or kickback, fraud involving 'honest services' isn't a crime, justices rule. Jeffrey Skilling and former newspaper magnate Conrad Black were wrongfully convicted on that charge, the court says. 24 Jun 2010 A Supreme Court ruling Thursday dealt a severe blow to legislation meant to fight public corruption and also could affect the recent convictions of former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling and former newspaper magnate Conrad Black. In ruling on "honest-services fraud," the justices said Skilling and Black were wrongly convicted on that charge. All nine justices agreed that such fraud was too vague to constitute a crime unless a bribe or kickback was involved.