Tim O'Toole's Congressional Testimony Regarding New Anti-Corruption Legislation Noted in BNA Daily Report for Executives

"Senate, House Lawmakers Work Together to Produce New Anti-Corruption Legislation"
BNA Daily Report for Executives
08.04.11On July 28, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed new legislation aimed at closing gaps in federal anti-corruption laws created by recent court decisions and beefing up federal laws against honest services fraud and payment of gratuities to public officials.  During the hearings in the House, Tim O'Toole testified on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  O'Toole argued that, despite some high-profile cases, public corruption is not widespread and is being dealt with adequately under existing laws. O'Toole's position received indications of support from some of House members, including Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), ranking Democrat, on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime. Scott indicated concern about the proposed increases in penalties for corruption crimes and suggested the new legislation might be as vague and problematic as previous laws about what types of behavior would be considered a crime.
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