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Silver v. United States

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-60 2nd Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: Whether a public official can be convicted of bribery absent proof of an agreed exchange with the alleged bribe payor, based solely on his unexpressed, unilateral state of mind when receiving a benefit; (2) whether a conviction for Hobbs Act extortion can be based on a theory of simple bribery; and (3) whether, if the government elects not to argue harmless error, a court of appeals may raise harmless error sua sponte, without providing the defendant any opportunity to be heard on the issue.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 20 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 24, 2020)
 
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