Thursday, October 09, 2014

US v. Renzi, No. 13-10588 (Tallman with Callahan; special concurrence by Ikuta).
The 9th affirmed the convictions of former Arizona Congressmember Renzi for his actions of misappropriating insurance premiums to fund his congressional run; for extortion and "honest services" in pressuring businesses to buy land owned by a friend (and codefendant) to facilitate land exchanges; and for Hobbs Act racketeering. The 9th rejected challenges to jury instructions for not specifically identifying the acts of bribery; rejected a challenge based on Napue v. Illinois, 360 U.S. 264 (1959); and found no "honest debate" clause violation. Ikuta specially concurred for the ยง 1033 conviction (engaging in insurance fraud) but was concerned on the broad reading implied.

The decision is here:


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