Can a Party to Bribery be a Victim under the Crime Victim Rights Act?


It is the matter that my This Week In FCPA colleague Howard Sklar calls “This little lawsuit that could.” As reported by the FCPA Professor last week, the Instituto Costarricense De Electricidad (ICE) filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the US Supreme Court in November. In the Petition ICE asked the following question, “Whether a crime victim who is denied rights conferred by the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) has a right to directly appeal the denial of those rights?” ICE is the Costa Rican telephone company, who had several top executives bribed by Alcatel-Lucent (or its predecessor) to obtain telecommunications contracts in Costa Rica.

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