NC Official Freed From Prison Under New “Honest Services” Case


In one of the first repercussions of last week’s Supreme Court ruling limiting the federal “honest services” law, former North Carolina lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings was released yesterday from a federal prison, where he had been serving a four-year term under the law, the Charlotte Observer reports. “Six days from Supreme Court decision to walking out the door – I think that’s a land-speed record,” said Geddings’ attorney Jonathan Edelstein.

Geddings resigned five weeks after being named to the commission later after reports that a lottery company had paid him thousands in the years leading up to his appointment. Prosecutors said Geddings denied the public of “honest services” by failing to disclose his conflict on a state ethics form. He was convicted in 2006 for failing to disclose $250,000 in consulting payments from lottery vendor Scientific Games. U.S. Attorney George Holding told a judge this week that the high court ruling means “it is no longer a federal crime for state public officials to corrupt their public offices by engaging in undisclosed self-dealing.”

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