Category Archives: Obstruction

There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Eleventh Circuit Wrestles with Public Bribery Statute—Again

I previously posted about an interesting case involving the Eleventh Circuit’s interpretation of one of the public bribery statutes, 18 U.S.C. § 666. Well, the Eleventh Circuit is at it again. This time, it didn’t turn out as well for … Continue reading

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The Deleted Email Folder “Is Not Like a Trash Can”: Ninth Circuit Affirms Acquittal in Obstruction Case

One of the first things I tell a potential client in a criminal case is not to delete anything from his computer. I explain that DOJ will turn deleting an email or two into an obstruction of justice charge. The … Continue reading

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Absurd Obstruction Charge Reversed–But the Government Won’t Give Up

Sometimes, the good guys win. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a tragedy. The explosion was deadly and the resulting environmental harm was devastating. The government’s response was typical: let’s find some people to prosecute. One of the unlucky targets … Continue reading

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Tom Brady Is Lucky It Was Only an NFL Investigation

Deflategate is a riveting story. In this corner: a star quarterback who may have cheated in a playoff game. In the other corner: a despised NFL commissioner flexing his disciplinary muscle by upholding the QB’s four-game suspension. What’s turned out … Continue reading

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The Opening Statement for this Prosecution Writes Itself: The Indictment of Massey Energy CEO

As a general rule, the government does not indict CEOs of big companies. No one really wants to say that out loud—at least on the government’s side of the aisle—but it’s true. It is usually difficult for the government to … Continue reading

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A Trial Victory in a Federal White-Collar Case!

It’s a dreary Monday morning in D.C., but I saw this article on Law360 (subscription required, sorry) that brought a little cheer to the day. Last Thursday, a jury in Fort Myers, Florida, acquitted the former division president of Health … Continue reading

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A Look-Back Review Gone Wrong – SEC Charges Wells Fargo Compliance Consultant with Altering Records Related to Insider Trading

The SEC has charged Judy Wolf, a former compliance consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors, with falsifying records that were submitted to the SEC during the investigation of a registered Wells Fargo representative. Ms. Wolf allegedly falsified her internal investigation logs … Continue reading

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When an FBI Agent is the Bad Guy

On September 30, 2014, Robert Lustyik entered a guilty plea in connection with alleged grand jury tampering and obstruction of justice. Mr. Lustyik has been charged with interfering with the investigation of his alleged business partner, Michael Taylor. In return … Continue reading

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High Frequency Trading Can Be a High Risk Endeavor — Another Trade Secrets Prosecution

The latest entrant into the Cover-Up Is Worse Than the Crime Hall of Fame is Sahil “Sonny” Uppal, a 26 year old former employee of Citadel LLC. He pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice for hiding his … Continue reading

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Size Matters? CalPERS CEO Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

If you don’t know what the California Public Employees Retirement System (“CalPERS”) is, you should. It is the second-largest public pension fund in the country. It is responsible for operating the pension benefit system and health care benefit system for … Continue reading

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