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US v. PANARELLA, 01-1739

Under 18 USC 1343, in order to establish "honest services" fraud, it is not necessary to show that a politician's actions were influenced by his financial relationship with the defendant, but only that the politician unlawfully concealed a financial interest while taking discretionary action that directly benefited defendant.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 07/31/2001
  • Decided 01/11/2002
  • Published 01/11/2002


  • Before:  BECKER, Chief Judge, AMBRO, and WEIS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Richard L. Scheff, (Argued), Jill Baisinger, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Patrick L. Meehan, United States Attorney, Robert A. Zauzmer, Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of Appeals, Catherine L. Votaw, Gregory A. Paw, (Argued), Assistant United States Attorneys, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellee.
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