Prosecutors, defense won’t delay Madigan trial after Supreme Court ruling

(The Center Square) – Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys said they won’t seek to delay the high-profile corruption trial of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Madigan’s defense team also voiced concerns about pre-trial publicity.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a federal bribery statute that makes it a crime for state and local officials to accept gifts valued at over $5,000 from a donor who had previously been awarded contracts or other government benefits thanks to the official’s efforts. The nation’s highest court narrowed the scope of the federal bribery statute to exclude gratuities – payments or rewards made after an official act. The 6-3 decision could affect how prosecutors across the country pursue public corruption cases.

In the case of Madigan, both defense attorneys and prosecutors said they plan to continue forward with a scheduled trial date
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