WASHINGTON, DC (VINnews) The Supreme Court will take up the corruption case of Joe Percoco, advisor of disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo.Join our WhatsApp group
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Percoco was convicted in 2018 after he accepted over $300,000 from companies in return for influence with the former Governor.
He was sentenced to six years in prison but was released two years early.
The legal question is whether a private citizen, not employed by the government, can be convicted on federal bribery charges.
Percoco was a friend of Cuomo when he accepted the cash, and a former campaign manager, but had no official capacity within the government.
A ruling in his favor would prohibit federal bribery charges against private citizens, even those who are highly influential.
Percoco’s attorney Yaakov Roth was quoted in the NY Post: “Generally speaking, bribery cases involve somebody paying a government official or giving something to a government official, right? Percoco wasn’t a government official at the time. He was a campaign manager, so the question is: Can he still be convicted of taking a bribe even though he didn’t hold any government office?”