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Ex-officials use court ruling to attack bribery convictions

Months after the U.S. Supreme Court made it more difficult for prosecutors to prove bribery by a public official, a longtime Pennsylvania congressman, a former Virginia lawmaker and others are relying on the decision to challenge their convictions.

Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and former lawmaker Phil Hamilton may be among the first but are likely not the last defendants to invoke the Supreme Court's decision in June that overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell.

The Supreme Court said McDonnell's actions benefiting a businessman who gave him gifts may have been distasteful but weren't illegal because it wasn't clear what the businessman...