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Serving the cause from both sides: After sentencing policy changes, time to revisit old sentences

For 11 years until this past February, I was proud to work for the U.S. Department of Justice. It was an honor to say in court, on a weekly if not daily basis, “on behalf of the United States.” As described in the...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and Pope Francis all address the death penalty

Are alleged sentencing arbitrariness in death penalty cases and a shift in public opinion setting the death penalty on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court? Last year, of the 31 states that allow capital punishment only seven...more

Focus on China - October 2015

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

UK courts get tough on environmental crime: sentencing of environmental offences committed by large companies

There is a widely held belief that environmental laws in the UK are toothless in practice because enforcement authorities are under resourced and typical levels of fines and penalties imposed are far too low. This view...more

Third Circuit Decision Could Have Broad Implications For Sentencing In Federal Fraud Cases

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a decision that could have major ramifications for sentencing in federal fraud cases. United States v. Nagle dealt with a fraud perpetrated against the Department of Transportation’s...more

UK Regulators Address Manipulation of Trading Benchmarks and Other Misconduct

Concluding a year-long review, UK regulators issued the final report of the Fair and Effective Markets Review Committee last week, making a number of recommendations intended to restore confidence in the trading markets for...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #3

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Challenging So-Called “Objective” Psychological Tests: The Use And Abuse Of Psychological Testing In Trials, Sentencing, Parole...

Criminal and civil courts and the New Jersey State Parole Board have accepted the use of psychological testing as an important component of making legal and factual determinations in both the civil and criminal litigation and...more

California Lawyer 2015 Roundtable Series: White-Collar Defense

The latest developments in white-collar criminal law include a gamechanging decision on insider trading, new sentencing guidelines for fraud convictions, more options for filing charges under the bank fraud statutes, and a...more

Supreme Court Justices Box The Fourth Circuit's Ears

Two Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the Fourth Circuit to task for not publishing a significant opinion. The ear-boxing came last month in the form of a denial of a Petition for Certiorari from which Justice Thomas...more

Government Seeks Extended Prison Term in Securities Fraud Case

In a sentencing memorandum filed January 2, the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington asked the US District Court for the Western District of Washington to sentence Dickson Lee, the former chief executive of L&L...more

Don’t Let Immigration Status Sabotage Your Client’s Sentence

The following is a guest blog post by Norton Tooby, who has a national law practice in Oakland, California, providing expert consultation and representation on immigration consequences of criminal convictions, post-conviction...more

Mandatory Jail Means Mandatory Jail under New Driving While Suspended Statute

As noted in an earlier post on this blog, New Jersey recently enacted a statute that made driving with a suspended license an indictable offense in certain circumstances, requiring a mandatory minimum period of incarceration...more

DOJ Enforcement to Trend Even More Towards White Collar?

On April 29, 2009, just weeks after being sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer testified before Congress that “[t]he Administration believes Congress’s...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Loss Amount Calculation for Securities Fraud Sentencing

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently vacated and remanded a defendant’s sentence because the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida inappropriately added a sentencing enhancement after...more

Cooperation Pays in Insider Trading Enforcement and Sentencing

In This Issue: - Overview - Insider Trading Law - Insider Trading Penalties - Cooperating with the Government - Cooperating with the Department of Justice - Cooperating with the Securities and Exchange...more

Bill Would Increase Fines, Prison Terms For Workers Compensation Offences In Manitoba

It’s not just courts that are increasing fines for safety offences. The Manitoba government has proposed substantial increases to fines under the Manitoba Workers Compensation Act....more

Another SDNY Judge Finds the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Wanting

In a sentencing hearing yesterday in the Southern District of New York, yet another judge reached the conclusion that the quasi-mathematical formulaic approach of the United States Sentencing Guidelines fails to account...more

Get Your Tutsi Fruitsi: Calculating FCPA Fines Under The Sentencing Guidelines

The Marx Brothers’ movies will live in infamy – they were hilarious, creative, and always relevant. One of my favorites was A Day at The Races, and the scene that applies with force to FCPA enforcement – Chico was...more

Taking a Leap of Faith: Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Corporate Sentencing Guidelines Come to the UK

On 24 February 2014, UK prosecutors gained the ability to use deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in corporate crime cases. This followed the publication on 31 January 2014 of a Definitive Guideline for the sentencing of...more

Seventh Circuit Remands to Correct a “Thoroughly Botched” Sentencing for a Fraudulent Commodity Pool Operator

In a case illustrating the complexity of sentencing white collar crimes, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court ordered the resentencing of a commodity pool operator where the district court made a “cascade of...more

A Dog Bite Can Be Deadly and Can Land the Dog’s Owner in Jail

This past August, a Florida Panhandle man was convicted of manslaughter when his two dogs viciously attacked his seven year old neighbor as the boy was riding his bike. The jury found the dog’s owner responsible for failing...more

Sixth Circuit Crack Cocaine Sentencing Decision Also Relevant To Civil Practitioners

In a highly anticipated en banc decision in United States of America v. Blewett, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressed whether prisoners previously sentenced for possession of crack cocaine were...more

Peugh Ruling Affirms Sentencing Guidelines at the Time of the Crime are Applicable

In a key sentencing decision handed down this year, the United States Supreme Court held that the Ex Post Facto Clause is violated when a defendant is sentenced under provisions of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines...more

Attack On Co-Worker Who Warned Of Unsafe Behaviour Gets Employee 4 Years In Prison

An employee who attacked a coworker who warned of safety issues, has been sent to prison for four years. CBC News reported that the employee was training a coworker on the use of heavy equipment, and that after the...more

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