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The Monitor's View The law’s fine line between graft and access

A Supreme Court ruling draws a distinction between corruption and paying for access to government. Citizens and their elected leaders, not courts, must ensure integrity in fair access to officials.

In a rare unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court has overturned the corruption conviction of a former Virginia governor, Robert McDonnell. But it did so while holding its nose at the ethics of his conduct, which included accepting gifts such as a Rolex and a Ferrari from a company seeking access to government.

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