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McDonnell and the Criminalization of Politics

Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, Vol 5:1 (2017)

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 441

38 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2017 Last revised: 10 Mar 2017

George D. Brown

Boston College Law School

Date Written: February 1, 2017

Abstract

The article begins with a discussion of the critique in order to put McDonnell in context. In particular, I examine what is new in the debate over how the federal government should handle possible corruption, and the extent to which McDonnell is part of that shift. Part I explores the critique in depth. Part II analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell and its background. As a unanimous decision, McDonnell may be of great significance in how the legal system treats the federal government’s role. Part III offers some speculation on the federal anticorruption enterprise going forward.

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Brown, George D., McDonnell and the Criminalization of Politics (February 1, 2017). Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, Vol 5:1 (2017); Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 441. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2909928

George D. Brown (Contact Author)

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