Two people, Chris Christie’s aide Bridget Anne Kelly and Port Authority director Bill Baroni, were convicted of fraud in connection with Bridgegate. Kelly was sentenced to 13 months in prison last April but has remained out while the case is being appealed. Now the Supreme Court is hearing an appeal of the case and Fox News reports that several of the Justices appear ready to overturn the fraud conviction.
A majority of justices wondered whether the public corruption case went too far, appearing to agree this was more about an unfortunate politically motivated scheme, where no money or property was exchanged for political favors…
“Isn’t it often the case that somebody who has the authority to do something may lie about why the person is doing the thing because, if the real reason was exposed, it would cause a furor, people would be angry,” said Justice Samuel Alito. “But that doesn’t show the person doesn’t have the authority to do it.”
NBC News has more on the Justices skeptical of the government’s case: