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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stein on Services Fraud Offenses

Alex Stein (Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law)

Alex Stein (Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law) has posted Corrupt Intentions: An Essay on Bribery, Unlawful Gratuity, and Honest-Services Fraud (Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 74, 2012) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: 

This Essay develops an economic understanding of bribery, unlawful gratuity, and honest-services fraud offenses. Given the inherently transactional and private nature of these offenses, courts should elicit the parties’ intent from the economics of their exchange. When the exchange yields the parties a benefit not available on the open market, then - depending on the exchange’s particulars - it constitutes bribery, unlawful gratuity, or honest-services fraud. Based on this simple insight, I criticize the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence of criminal corruption.

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