Prosecutors Try to Preempt “Duke Made Me Do It” Defense | Talking Points Memo

In his first big interview after coming under suspicion for bribing Duke Cunningham, Brent Wilkes told The New York Times last year that he’d been a victim of the system. “I played by their rules,” he said, “and I played to win.” If Brent Wilkes is under investigation, he was saying, everyone should be under investigation. It was a system of “transactional lobbying,” where lawmakers shook down those who were seeking government contracts.

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