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Hank Asbill extensively quoted in Insurance Journal article, “Court orders new trial for insurance exec convicted of bribing NC commissioner”
Insurance JournalHenry Asbill
The Insurance Journal article, “Court orders new trial for insurance exec convicted of bribing NC commissioner,” discussed the appeal of Greg Lindberg, a North Carolina insurance entrepreneur who was convicted of attempting to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner in 2018. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the lower court judge had erred in his instructions to the jury that replacing a deputy insurance commissioner with one more favorable to Lindberg’s business investments was an official act.
Asbill led the amicus team and helped write the brief for Lindberg’s appeal, which argued that it wasn’t a lower court judge’s place to decide what constitutes an official act. “It’s a complete violation of the constitution. The judge is not the tryer of facts.” Asbill also noted that if the district court’s jury instructions had been allowed to stand, “it would have set a terrible precedent that judges can make decisions for the jury.”