In a recent decision, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the the prior conviction of former state Senator Wayne Bryant. In upholding Bryant's former convictions on charges of honest services fraud, mail fraud and bribery, the Third Circuit rejected arguments that prosecutors allegedly violated Bryant's rights by interfering with pretrial witnesses, that the evidence was insufficient, and that the jury instructions were defective.
The facts surrounding Bryant's conviction have been well-published. In November 2008, a federal jury found that Bryant steered more than $10 million to R. Michael Gallegher, former dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in exchange for extra state funding and a "low show" teaching job (a job which was used to inflate Bryant's pension benefits). Based on the foregoing, Bryant was sentenced to four (4) years and Gallagher was sentenced to eighteen (18) months.
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