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United States v. Schock

U.S. Congressman (R-Ill.) resigns in 2015 after it emerges he sought to use public funds for (among other things) a chandelier, part of a Downton Abbey-themed redecoration of his office. (Pics here.) Later, he’s charged with filing false reimbursement claims (among other things). Ex-Congressman: Congressmen can’t be prosecuted for their legislative activities, per the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution. Seventh Circuit: Applying for reimbursements is not legislative activity.


Tags: 2018, Rulemaking Clause, Seventh Circuit, Speech and Debate Clause

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