Last Thurdsday, USA Today ran an article entitle,
Justices likely to ease rules involving public corruption
In a case coming from Virginia in which former Republican Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were convicted of receiving over $175,000 in gifts and loans from the owner of a vitamin company.
Were they everyday favors or bribes?
That was the discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court during the hearing.
Ironically, one of the gifts was the payment $15,000 for a daughter’s wedding.
Former Governor George Ryan got $3,185 for one of his daughter’s weddings.
Ryan went to jail.
The former Governor of Virginia may not.
The problem with the law is that there is no “workable standard,” according to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
So, because of the incredible discretion afforded U.S. Attorneys, a decision may come down from the U.S. Supreme Court that will take the inhibitions of politicians on whether there are quos for favor seekers’ quids