One of the great things about being a Monty Python fan is watching references turn up in all sorts of places. For example, in a Law 360 report of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his prison sentence:
In the appeal, Blagojevich had contested many elements of the convictions on 18 counts in two trials, but the court brushed off the majority of the protests. For example, it rejected Blagojevich’s argument that his language on other counts didn’t qualify as extortion.
“ ‘Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, you know what I mean’ can amount to extortion under the Hobbs Act, just as it can furnish the gist of a Monty Python sketch,” Easterbrook said.
Nice to know that Judge Easterbrook is a fan. And, thanks to my old pal and current legal wiz Pat Cotter for calling my attention to it!
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