Citizens United Ruling May Be Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial Lifeline

Aug. 29, 2019, 3:52 PM

A federal court in Michigan is exploring whether Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a U.S. Supreme Court opinion governing money in politics, might bar criminal prosecution of a politician accused of soliciting bribes for votes.

State Rep. Larry Inman (R) has raised Citizens United as a defense to an indictment filed against him in May. The Justice Department argues in a brief filed Aug. 28 that even though political givers have the right to express their opinions through donations, that doesn’t preclude the government from pursuing criminal bribery charges.

In 2018, the Michigan House was holding a high-profile ...

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