Did a Supreme Court Decision Making It Harder to Prosecute Corruption Lead to Menendez’s Mistrial?


Professor Zephyr Teachout was quoted in the ABA Journal about the way the Supreme Court handles corruption cases.

Prosecutors had claimed Menendez pressured officials to help one of his friends get visas for foreign girlfriends, resolve a Medicare dispute and obtain a port security contract.

Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University in New York, is among the experts pointing to the Supreme Court’s decisions. “For years, the court has been hacking away at the prosecutorial tools for combating bribery and corruption,” she told the Times. “Increasingly, the court has made it really hard to bring cases against anyone but the most inept criminals.”

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