Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The 7th US Circuit Appeals Court has tossed the conviction of a man accused of accepting bribes because the amount of money wasn't enough.
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - Dominick Owens was allegedly bribed with $1,200 to issue certificates allowing owners to move into their homes without performing inspections.
The FBI claimed he accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.
Owens was one of more than a dozen arrests in a special operation designed to net crooked inspectors.
Owens was acquitted after it was demonstrated that the bribe was below the $5,000 threshold required by law for conviction.
Nobody is saying if this means a bribe of $4,999 is now acceptable.
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