But prosecutors have been concerned about the previous indictment because many of the charges are based on a federal law that makes it illegal for public officials to deprive the taxpayers of their "intangible right to honest services." Critics say that the so-called honest services fraud law is vague.The new indictment does not allege any misconduct that was not previously mentioned.
Prosecutors have been concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court, which is currently reviewing the law, could erase if from the books or limit it to the point that it might not be useful in prosecuting Blagojevich.
The revised indictment, while not alleging any additional misconduct, adds eight charges that prosecutors believe will stand up in court even if the honest services law is thrown out.
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