No. 86-234.

483 U.S. 350 (1987)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 24, 1987

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carter G. Phillips argued the cause for petitioners in both cases. With him on the briefs for petitioner in No. 86-286 were James A. Shuffett, William E. Johnson, and Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. Frank E. Haddad, Jr., filed briefs for petitioner in No. 86-234.

Deputy Solicitor General Ayer argued the cause for the United States in both cases. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Fried, Assistant Attorney General Weld, Christopher J. Wright, and Sara Criscitelli.

JUSTICE WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.

This action involves the prosecution of petitioner Gray, a former public official of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and petitioner McNally, a private individual, for alleged violation of the federal mail fraud statute, 18 U. S. C. § 1341.1 The prosecution's principal theory of the case, which was accepted by the courts below, was that petitioners...

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