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Working in the Car Wash - Reflections on the Political Asylum Aspirations of Brazilians in the United States

by Gerald Nowotny on

When I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982, my future academic and career aspirations were tied to my language studies at West Point – Spanish and Portuguese. When I was an Army Officer at West Point, my...more

The Department of Education Seeks Public Input for New Title IX Policy

• The Department of Education (DOE) plans to gather public input—including input from educational institutions—on new Title IX policy, rejecting the prior administration’s issuance of policy by letter. • The DOE has not,...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

by Mintz Levin on

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure....more

How the Federal Grand Jury Process Works

The formation of a grand jury by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III as part of the Russia investigation has drawn attention to a process that is usually conducted out of the spotlight. Federal grand juries are a standard...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - MTS Receives DOJ and SEC Declination Letters Concluding FCPA Investigations - On August 7, 2017, MTS Systems (MTS), a Minnesota based maker of test systems and industrial position...more

“Sanctuary City” Laws Become Central Topic Nationwide

A U.S. District Court in Texas has stopped implementation of a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state and the City of Philadelphia has filed an action against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming he has...more

Illinois Sanctuary Jurisdiction Law: What It Means for Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The new Illinois TRUST Act limits state and local government officials from 1) complying with immigration detainer requests, or 2) stopping, arresting, searching or detaining an individual solely based on immigration...more

The Carpenter Case and Other Privacy-Related News

by Revision Legal on

As we discussed in the last few weeks, privacy is repeatedly in the news. Washington lawmakers are trying again to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Stored Communications Act (the “SCA”), and the Pen...more

Efforts Toward an Animal Abuse Registry

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Similar to other abuse registry, animal advocates have been petitioning legislatures to initiate an “animal abuse registry,” which would identify past animal abuse and cruelty law offenders...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Trump Announces Fifth Wave of United States Attorney Nominations, Gets First Senate Confirmations

On August 3, 2017, President Donald Trump made his fifth group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. This brings the current number of Trump’s United States Attorney nominations to thirty-three, a little over...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - August 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) ended its probe of Net1 UEPS Technologies, according to SEC filings from the South African-based payment processing company. The company received a declination from the Securities and Exchange...more

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Trump’s Fourth Wave of United States Attorney Nominations Like “Greatest Hits” Compilation of Previous Nominations

On July 21, 2017, President Donald Trump made his fourth group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. This brings the current number of Trump’s United States Attorney nominations to twenty-nine...more

Immigration Enforcement Costing Millions of Dollars for Local Governments

While President Trump has vowed to strongly enforce the southern border and deportation laws in the United States, states and counties have been picking up sizable portions of the costs for doing so....more

Trump Shifts To Large Law Firm Experience in Third Wave of United States Attorney Nominations

On July 14, 2017, President Donald Trump made his third group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. This brings the current number of Trump’s United States Attorney nominations to twenty-three...more

Second Circuit Reinforces Narrow Definition of 'Official Act' in Politician's Fraud Case

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted in 2015 on seven counts of honest services fraud, Hobbs Act...more

The Second Circuit Overturns Watershed Conviction Of Sheldon Silvery Based On Recent Supreme Court Decision

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the high-profile, political corruption conviction of one of the most powerful politicians in New York State— former Speaker of the New York State...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

Trump Continues Focus on State Prosecutorial Experience in United States Attorney Nominations

On June 29, 2017, President Donald Trump made his second group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. With the eight lawyers he nominated earlier in June, this group brings the current number of Trump’s United...more

Reform on asset recovery in criminal proceedings

by Dentons on

The reform on asset recovery in criminal proceedings - As of 1 July 2017 new rules under the Criminal Code (StGB) and Criminal Procedural Order (StPO) shall enter into force to regulate the recovery of criminal proceeds....more

Pennsylvania Senators Introduce New Municipal Debt Reform Bills

Pennsylvania State Senators John Blake, John DiSanto, and Mike Folmer recently introduced a trio of new municipal debt reform bills that follow on the package of reform bills introduced in the Senate in March. The new bills –...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

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