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Unanimous Supreme Court throws out 'Bridgegate' convictions

Unanimous Supreme Court throws out 'Bridgegate' convictions
Posted at 1:23 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 16:23:08-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of two political insiders involved in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal.

The court says in a unanimous decision that the government had overreached in prosecuting Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni for their roles in a political payback scheme that created days of traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge.

Their aim was to punish a New Jersey mayor who refused to endorse the reelection of then-Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican.

The justices say there was evidence of deception, corruption, and abuse of power in the political payback saga.

But the ruling says "not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime."