When corruption prosecutors pick up their federal codebooks to determine which statutes should be used, their task is not as simple as turning to a chapter entitled “Public Corruption Offenses.” Not only is there no such chapter, there are not even any individual statutes that purport to charge something called “corruption.” Instead, relevant charges for public corruption crimes can be found in many different federal statutes, including some that might not be intuitive. In this Practitioner Toolkit, we set forth the federal statutes most commonly used to charge the conduct that we think of as “corruption,” including but not limited to bribery. We then provide analysis and some practice pointers for using these statutes to investigate, charge, and litigate these kinds of offenses.
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Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity,
A Guide to Commonly Used Federal Statutes in Public Corruption Cases,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/public_integrity/51