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McDonnell Supreme Court ruling may be 'good day' for Kitzhaber (sort of)

JOHN KITZHABERIt’s probably too early to celebrate, but former Gov. John Kitzhaber might benefit from Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the September 2014 bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.

Lewis & Clark Law School professor Tung Yin says the Supreme Court’s June 27 ruling sets a higher bar for some official corruption cases, which could have an impact on any federal investigation into Kitzhaber’s dealings with environmental organizations that employed his fiancé, Cylvia Hayes.

COURTESY PHOTO: LEWIS & CLARK LAW SCHOOL/ STEVE HAMBUCHEN - Lewis & Clark professor Tung Yin. Monday’s ruling makes it clear that federal prosecutors would need to show a definite quid pro quo in official actions and decisions to make a bribery or corruption charge stick, Yin says.

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