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Government agrees to dismiss ex-lottery commissioner's conviction

Posted June 29, 2010

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— Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday that the 2006 conviction of former North Carolina lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings should be vacated because the U.S. Supreme Court curtailed the use of the law used against him.

In their 14-page memorandum, U.S. Attorney George Holding and assistants John Bruce and Dennis Duffy said that Geddings should be released from prison as soon as practically possible.

Geddings, 45, was convicted in October 2006 of five counts of mail fraud. Prosecutors said he defrauded the state of honest services in late 2005 by failing to disclose more than $250,000 in payments his public relations firm received from lottery systems maker, Scientific Games Corp., which was trying to win the contract to provide lottery equipment to North Carolina.

He was sentenced in 2007 to four years in prison and is scheduled to be released on Christmas Eve.

The Supreme Court voted 6-3 last week to keep the honest services law in force, but they voted unanimously to weaken it. The court said prosecutors could continue to seek honest services fraud convictions only in cases where they put forward evidence that defendants accepted bribes or kickbacks.

"As a result of this ruling, it is no longer a federal crime for state public officials to corrupt their public offices by engaging in undisclosed self-dealing," the prosecutors wrote. "Consequently, the government concedes that Geddings is entitled to have his conviction vacated."

Geddings still must go through the formal application process to get his conviction overturned and his record cleared. Prosecutors said it was unclear how long that would take, which is why they called for his release while that process was going on.

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  • input Jun 29, 2010

    So now the government can pick and choose the laws they want to enforce!! They wrote them and need to live by them. Vote them all out and let us start over with no corrupt officials. Political parties do not spend millions of dollars to get someone elected without expecting a finacial gain.

  • dlnorri Jun 29, 2010

    Based on the doc's and reading the code (uscode.house.gov), if the crook filled out his ethics form and failed to disclose everything, and signed it, just give him 10 years for perjury....lying crook that he was (one of 100 involved in the NC lotteray scam...)

  • censorbait Jun 29, 2010

    Turn Blago and the Chicago crooks loose. Happy days are here again. Let Jim Black go free. Forget about the Easley crowd and all of their shenanigans. Ain't no crooks anymore. They can now manipulate the system at will and will only be guilty only of the perception/appearance of wrongdoing regardless of how they benefited. This is terrible.

  • Jenny8 Jun 29, 2010

    --alwayslovingu30: all the courts are about is money--
    Sadly your wrong, its the Lawyers, its all about money for the lawyers, EVERY THING the courts do put money in Lawyers pocket, They even changed it so that Judges have to be lawyers, the money isnt for the courts, it isnt for the government its all either for the lawyers or to support the lawyers. Its been said our legal system is the worst kind, except for all the others.
    I doubt there will ever be a fix but it is sad that the only ones that benifit consistently by our maze of a legal system is Lawyers.

  • Humungous Jun 29, 2010

    Another great example of government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.

    Hey, what's a few million between friends anyway? If you can't get someone off illegally, why not change the laws? Either way, it's all the same.

  • yellow_hat Jun 29, 2010

    Good, he was a victim of an overzealous prosecution anyway.

  • bnkrman1 Jun 29, 2010

    Does anyone really have faith in the US Judicial system or the US Gov't? I don't.

  • WRALblows Jun 29, 2010

    Isn't this convenient? Now corporate execs can steal from their customers and shareholders by providing dishonest services. It's OK as long as a prosecutor can't prove there was a bribe or kick back.

    Corporate America has got to be in love with this Supreme Court.

  • alwayslovingu30 Jun 29, 2010

    most simple crimes should be let go all the courts are about is money.The courts collect big bucks an all that it supports claims they are broke over 100.000 Per day easy an all they can say is we are broke.good old crooked politics

  • alwayslovingu30 Jun 29, 2010

    got to love our crooked goverment

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