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Ciminelli v. U.S. is a corruption case involving a New York development project. Ciminelli, the owner of the firm who was granted the project, used his influence with state officials to that end. The case involves whether someone can be charged with fraud under the theory that the people responsible for giving the development contracts out had a “right to control” the funds that was taken away when the bidding process was rigged to favor Ciminelli. 

If Ciminelli wins, his fraud conviction will be thrown out and more broadly, prosecutors won’t be able to use that theory of fraud.