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Sen. Oaks cites Supreme Court ruling to have some charges dismissed

Sen. Oaks cites Supreme Court ruling to have some charges dismissed

Lawyers for Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Oaks turned to a pivotal Supreme Court decision that tossed out a bribery conviction against a former Virginia governor to support their request for a federal judge to dismiss several corruption charges against the Baltimore Democrat.

Oaks was not acting in his official capacity as a state senator when he allegedly began a legislative process to award a $250,000 bond to a developer who had paid the lawmaker $5,000, lawyers argued Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The Maryland U.S. attorney indicted Oaks, 71, last year on nine fraud and bribery counts related to seeking the bond bill in exchange for receiving the payment from the...

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