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Criminal Law Keyed to Kaplan
McCormick v. United States
Citation:500 U.S. 257 (1991)
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Robert L. McCormick (defendant) was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He advocated for and sponsored a program that would allow some doctors to practice under temporary permits even if they had not yet passed their state exams. McCormick later sponsored legislation that would grant doctors permanent medical licenses based on virtue of their years of experience. In his reelection campaign, McCormick received cash payments from various foreign doctors who would benefit from the legislation. He did not report these payments as campaign contributions nor on his tax returns. He was indicted for extortion under the Hobbs Act.
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