Civil Lawsuits

Public Corruption

Alabama Public Corruption Lawyers

Defending Those Accused of Bribery and Honest Services Fraud

The law firm of Boles Holmes White has represented public officials accused of abusing their office for personal gain or political spite, as well as those accused of bribing elected officials. We are accustomed to high-profile cases and media scrutiny, and have represented several high-ranking politicians across the United States. Our public corruption attorneys don’t shrivel in the spotlight. As an example, Boles Holmes White have represented the mayors of two of the largest 15 cities in the United States. Also, we successfully represented a prominent Senator in two trials lasting nearly 6 months total, which resulted in a complete “not guilty” verdict. We not only won the case, but the Senator kept political office and was re-elected in a landslide.

Jim Parkman and his law partner, William White, are knowledgeable about a vaguely written law and proactive in challenging the charges.

Public Corruption charges can be tough to prove. Authorities must demonstrate that the official received cash, campaign contributions, improper gifts or services and provided or explicitly promised something in return (contracts, appointments, project approvals, a certain vote, etc.) However, the real challenge is convincing the jury that some politicians are actually honest. That’s where the experience our trial attorneys bring to the courtroom comes in play. We focus on the good the public official has done for their constituents and we fight the criminal allegations at every step.

Instead of bribery, many officials are instead charged with “depriving the public of honest services”, “honest services wire fraud” or “honest services mail fraud.” The theory behind honest services fraud is that the politician acted out of personal gain or political favor in opposition to the best interests of the citizenry. The law is broader and the elements are slightly different than for charges of bribery.

Our clients commonly face related and state and federal charges such as conspiracy, Wire Fraud or mail fraud, money laundering, extortion, bid rigging or obstruction of justice.

Aggressive Defense of Public Corruption Allegations

Boles Holmes White actively counters the government’s case. Were the alleged corruption or bribery charges based on a wiretap or interception of e-mail or text messages? Are the accusations leveled by a political opponent? What is the evidence that any compensation changed hands or that any dishonest service was rendered? Was it simply a failure to report legitimate gifts from a constituent?

We intervene swiftly to avoid indictment or get charges dismissed, and prepare from the beginning for the possibility of a trial to clear our client’s name. If prosecutors have an airtight case, we will explore plea agreements that avoid prison time and soften the other consequences.

If facing bribery charges or other corruption, you are represented by proven Birmingham public corruption lawyers with over 50 years of collective experience in white collar crime. We practice nationwide. Contact our office if you have been charged or questioned in relation to a public scandal.

Federal Cases
Charges
Verdict
USA vs. Edwards
Tax Evasion
Probation
USA vs.McLemore
Government Benefits Fraud
Probation
USA vs. Smith
Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Honest Services Fraud, Bribery, Federal Programs Fraud, Money Laundering
NOT Guilty All 19 Counts
USA vs. Dyer
Bank Fraud
Negotiated Plea to Probation
USA vs. Scrushy
36 Counts Conspiracy Wire Fraud Mail Fraud Sarbanes-Oakley Money Laundering
NOT Guilty on All Counts
USA vs. Conn
Wire Fraud Federal Contract Fraud
Negotiated Plea to Probation
USA vs. Abercrombie
Theft of Government Funds
Negotiated Plea to Probation
USA vs. Grimes
Wire Fraud
NOT Guilty
USA vs. Nemish
Bank Fraud
NOT Guilty
USA vs. Phillips
Bank Fraud
Reduced
USA vs. Bond and Benefield
Rackateering Wire Fraud Conspiracy
1 Year Probation Dismissed on Government motion
USA vs. Johnson
Theft
NOT Guilty
USA vs. Mershon
Wire Fraud
Charges Dismissed
USA vs. Johnson
Government Fraud
NOT Guilty
USA vs. Khan
Interstate Terrorist Threat
Dismissed
USA vs. Taaid
Eastern District of Michigan Healthcare Fraud
Negotiated Plea
USA vs. Lam
Tuscon, Arizona Largest U.S. Counterfeit Case
Negotiated Plea
USA vs. Kennedy
Mail Fraud Money Laundering
Diversion
State Cases
Charges
Verdict
State vs. Khan
Arson
NOT Guilty
State vs. Moore
Theft of Property I
NOT Guilty
State vs. Alderman
Theft of Property I
NOT Guilty
State vs. Kilpatrick
Conspiracy Perjury
Plea to Obstruction of Justice
Theft Cases
Charges
Verdict
State v. Griffin
Bribery
Hung Jury (twice)
State v. Uber
Theft by Deception
NOT Guilty
State v. Berry
Possession of Forged Instrument 1st
NOT Guilty
State v. Graham
Theft of Property – 7 counts
NOT Guilty all counts
State v. Herring
Theft of Property – 30 misdemeanor counts
NOT Guilty all counts
State v. Woodham
Theft
Dismissed
State v. Eriksson
Embezzlement
Mistrial
State v. Whitley
Receiving Stolen Property with numerous priors

Negotiated Plea

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