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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

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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

New Fed Policy Eliminates Ability of Settlement Options to Include Payments to Non-Party NGOs

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On June 7, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components and 94 United States Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on...more

A Look at Trump's First Wave of United States Attorney Nominations

On June 12, 2017, President Donald Trump made his first nominations of prospective United States Attorneys...more

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the new Presidential administration took office late last year, the cannabis industry has received a mixed set of signals from this administration as to how it will treat the growing cannabis industry in relation to the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 56

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We discuss: 1. The Kokesh case at the US Supreme Court is significant for SEC enforcement of the FCPA around profit...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Continue Their Pursuit of Criminal Actions Against Purveyors of “Political Intelligence”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched their latest criminal and civil salvos against prohibited insider trading by...more

Proposed Legislation Would Combat Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Proposed legislation targets current gaps in U.S. financial crime law and enforcement - Bi-partisan Senate legislation would likely expand compliance obligations for banks and others in financial services industry -...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 41, Reality Winner and Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds around the story of Reality Winner, the leaking of the NSA report of Russian hacking of the US Presidential campaign and election. We tie it to internal...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

Til Death Do Us Part – Second Circuit Vacates Deceased Former New York State Senator’s Criminal Fine and Special Assessment under...

In United States v. Libous, 15-3979 (2nd Cir. May 30, 2017) (Katzmann, Winter, Stein), the Second Circuit vacated the jury conviction of former New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous’ and remanded the case to the district...more

New Criminal and SEC Charges Signal Aggressive Enforcement of Insider Trading Liability for Disclosure of Political Intelligence

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced insider trading charges relating to a scheme in which a federal...more

Trending Wonkology: What is 'Special Counsel'?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Special Counsel - Definition: A person appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, or their designee, in cases where an internal investigation may present a conflict of interest or when it may be in the public interest....more

Special Counsels in U.S. Government

by Bryan Cave on

Appointments of "special counsels" in the United States government are historically very rare and only called upon to investigate politically complicated matters, but they have been in the news lately as Deputy Attorney...more

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

by Michael Volkov on

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration....more

North Carolina Legislative Update - May, 2017 #3

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly the Senate focused on moving legislation through committees while House Budget leaders focused on the budget bill (S 257). House leaders have indicated they hope to hold votes on the budget...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 11, the first 100 Days of the Trump Administration, Part II

by Thomas Fox on

In this second of a two-part series, we conclude the panel’s discussion of the first 100 days of the Trump administration as it relates to compliance. This episode concludes with the panelists’ rants. 1. Matt Kelly opens...more

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