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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Only in Chicago can you get a federal bribery conviction overturned because you accepted too small of a bribe   ( suntimes.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Chicago, Gary Bauer, appeals court, technicality, building codes, bribes, convictions, conviction overturned  
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2012-10-12 09:50:41 AM  
2 votes:
Whew -- it's a good thing there's no one from Chicago with any real power in American politics.
2012-10-12 09:11:37 AM  
2 votes:
It's OK, submitter. Some people are stupid. You're just one of them.
2012-10-12 09:15:17 AM  
1 vote:
Justices ruled that Owens should not have been convicted because prosecutors didn't prove the bribes he took were worth more than $5,000, as the law requires.

Dumb requirement, but if that's what law, he should never have been convicted for two $600 bribes. I don't like the government enforcing criminal laws that don't exist when the crime occurred.
2012-10-12 09:07:41 AM  
1 vote:

Nickster79: Slaxl: So what's the minimum illegal bribe level? Is it cumulative? Can you promise someone $600 a day bribe until they've had $50,000 from you?

Someone needs to make a chart.

The law they prosecuted him under sets the amount at $5000. If he didn't accept at least that much, then he didn't violate that particular law. If there is another law that sets a lower amount, then they should have prosecuted him under that one.
2012-10-12 08:55:43 AM  
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2012-10-12 08:45:53 AM  
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Owens' attorney Michael Nash declared his client "delighted" with the ruling. He rejected the idea that Owens got off on a technicality, adding "it was because he was not guilty."

Oh God this is the best part. "Sure, he took $600 and we said as much in court and on the record. But he didn't get off on a technicality, he's not guilty!"
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