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No Relief for ‘Honest Services’ Error (access required)

Although the government concedes a constitutional error occurred at the mail fraud trial of defendant, a former lawyer/lobbyist, when the district court erroneously instructed the jury it could convict defendant on the “honest services” fraud theory, the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt and the 4th Circuit upholds denial of coram nobis relief. In Skilling ...