Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Riddler and The Penguin Charged with Conspiracy and Kidnapping (Or, Even U.S. Attorneys’ Offices Have a Sense of Humor)

It’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, so I’m taking a break from serious white collar prosecutions. The “Batkid” story has been all over the internet the last few weeks. It’s an amazing, heartwarming story about how thousands of people in San … Continue reading

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Special Victims Unit: Sports Stars?

In certain fraud cases, defendants allegedly target groups of victims, such as the elderly or members of an ethnic or religious group (commonly known as “affinity” fraud). But, today, I bring you two cases that involve a very specialized group: … Continue reading

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Treating Individuals Like Corporations—But In a Good Way: SEC’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement With an Individual

Since January 2010, corporations facing SEC investigations had one big advantage over individuals: they could seek a deferred prosecution agreement. DPAs allow companies that committed wrongdoing to avoid prosecution, most often by undertaking significant compliance efforts, or engaging a corporate … Continue reading

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Question of the Day: Should Defendants Get Complete Discovery Before Deciding Whether To Plead Guilty?

A few days ago, I attended the excellent white collar conference sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) in Washington, DC. During one of the panels, an interesting topic arose: should criminal defendants be entitled to discovery … Continue reading

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