Lawyers debate the scope of the "honest services" statute

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to limit the "honest services" fraud statute to cases involving bribery and kickbacks could give some convicted businessmen a get-out-of-jail-free card, defense lawyers say. Still, the statute's new scope may not be as narrow as it initially seems; experts say prosecutors will likely seek to stretch the definition of "bribery" to fit the cases they're presenting. "The question of what is bribery and what are kickbacks will be the subject of a lot of litigation. ... I'm sure there's more to come on all that," says criminal-defense specialist Larry Lustberg.

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