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Supreme Court Advances Corruption Case Against Republican Schock

In another blow to a former congressman facing corruption charges, the Supreme Court refused Tuesday to tackle a thorny question of separation of powers.

“Although this question does not arise frequently — presumably because criminal charges against members of Congress are rare — the sensitive separation-of-powers questions that such prosecutions raise ought to be handled uniformly,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote this morning, in a brief statement respecting the denial of certiorari.

U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, a Republican who represented the 18th Congressional District of Illinois, was indicted in 2016 on allegations of tax fraud and charges.

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