Shapiro Arato Bach Wins Bail for Client Pending Appeal of Public Corruption Case

On March 7, 2019, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the release of our client, Steven Aiello, on bail pending the appeal of his conviction on “honest services” and wire fraud charges.  The novel theories of prosecution raise several substantial issues for appeal.  Among others, the honest-services fraud count involved payments to a former public official, yet in McDonnell v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2355 (2016), the United States Supreme Court narrowly defined public corruption crimes in a manner that requires use of a public official’s position and formal governmental power.  Partner Alexandra A.E. Shapiro argued the bail motion.

Read more about the Second Circuit’s ruling here and here.

Copies of our bail briefs and the Court’s order granting bail can be found here, here and here.

An audio recording of the oral argument for the bail motion can be found here.