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US v. Skilling

August 2011


White Collar Criminal Defense

Bribery and other white-collar prosecutions have become more frequent in the past few years, due in part to ambiguities surrounding those areas of law.  Eastland Law has decades of experience in dealing with prosecutions for bribery, fraud, honest services and criminal RICO.  We are here to help in any way possible.  Because our firm is small, you can be sure you will receive the personal attention your case deserves.

Bribery, Kickback & Public Corruption

Allegations of bribery and kickbacks arise in several different scenarios, in both the public and private sector.  These allegations often develop in the realm of politics or public corruption--where the line between legitimate campaign contributions and an illegal quid pro quo can be nearly indistinguishable.  It is crucial that we protect the right to contribute things of value to our politicians of choice; it is one of the cornerstones of our current system of democracy and free speech.  If you have been indicted or feel you are being investigated for bribery or kickback, you need to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible.  Eastland Law has years of experience dealing with bribery cases from the pre-indictment investigation phase through appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Honest Services

Of all the areas of white-collar criminal law, honest services mail and wire fraud is one of the most complex and vague charges.  Honest Services cases arise in the private as well as the public sector.  The Supreme Court in U.S. v. Skilling recently limited honest services mail and wire fraud cases to bribery and kickback criminal conduct.  If you are being investigated for potential bribery or kickback conduct, your exposure includes the honest services mail and wire fraud statute as well.  Eastland Law has previously advised the United States Senate and House Judiciary Committees regarding the scope of the honest services mail and wire fraud statute.  Our founding partner also served as chairman of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Subcommittee reviewing the need for legislation that led to the modern day honest services mail and wire fraud statute.  If you have been indicted or feel that you are being investigated for honest services fraud, then it is critical that you contact an attorney proficient in honest services to ensure all of your possible defenses are preserved.

Mail and Wire Fraud

Most often found in RICO litigation, federal mail and wire fraud are nonetheless separate offenses that can carry heavy penalties.  For years, the courts have developed mail and wire fraud laws that have both limited and expanded the breadth of these statutes.  The importance of acquiring experienced representation when faced with these types of charges cannot be overemphasized.  Both mail and wire fraud are extremely broad crimes that can be used as a sort of catch-all by federal prosecutors.  Basically, any mailing or wiring can form the basis of a mail or wire fraud charge, even if you yourself did not mail or wire anything.  However, there are numerous defenses to mail and wire fraud.  Through years of experience in white-collar grand jury investigation and defense litigation, our attorneys know the intricacies of mail and wire fraud and will fight diligently to protect you against these charges.