Implications of ‘Countrywide’ for Mail and Wire Fraud Prosecutions
New York Law Journal
In their White-Collar Crime column, Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack write that prosecutors tend to extend the reach of white-collar criminal statutes until the judiciary, at some point, pushes back. The Supreme Court’s vacating the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell is the most recent high-profile example, but the government’s expansive interpretation of federal statutes was narrowed by judicial interpretation in the Second Circuit recently as well, in ‘United States ex rel. Edward O’Donnell v. Countrywide’.