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.”