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Obstruction of Justice

Supreme Court Narrows Criminal Tax Obstruction of Justice Statute

by Michael Volkov on

The Supreme Court ruled in a criminal tax case, Marinello v. United States, that a criminal tax obstruction of justice was overly broad. ...more

The Supreme Court Limits The Reach Of Criminal Obstruction Charges Under The Tax Law

Last week, the Supreme Court in Marinello v. United States significantly limited the government's ability to prosecute taxpayers for allegedly obstructive conduct related to potential tax violations. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court: Government Went Too Far in Tax Obstruction Prosecution

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Supreme Court today barred the government from prosecuting taxpayers for obstructing the administration of the Internal Revenue Code, unless it can show they acted in response to a pending or reasonably foreseeable...more

Alert: Supreme Court Limits Criminal Tax Obstruction Statute

by Cooley LLP on

On March 21, 2018, the Supreme Court sharply curtailed the scope of conduct subject to prosecution under the criminal obstruction provision of the Internal Revenue Code. Specifically, in Marinello v. United States, the court...more

Criminal Tax Obstruction Case Argued Before the Supreme Court

by Moskowitz LLP on

This past December, the Supreme Court heard the first criminal tax case to be argued before it in a decade. The Court agreed to hear the case following a petition by Carlo J. Marinello, II, a freight service businesses owner...more

Crypto-Crime: The SEC and DOJ Go After BitFunder and Its BitFounder

Taking further steps into the world of cryptocurrency, two entities of the federal government recently took legal action against BitFunder, a now-defunct Bitcoin exchange, and its founder, Jon Montroll. The Securities and...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on "Remmer Hearing" in Juror Influence Allegations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a former broker sought to overturn a jury verdict finding him guilty of securities fraud, obstruction of justice and wire fraud by arguing, among...more

Court Orders Jacobson Remand to Determine Reasonableness of $10 Million Fine

In United States v. Zukerman, No. 17-948 (2d Cir. Feb. 6, 2018) (ALK, RAK, RSP) (summary order), the appellant, Morris Zukerman, challenged the substantive and procedural reasonableness of his sentence, which was imposed...more

Rabobank Coughs Up $368 Million and Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Money Launder and Obstruct Investigation

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department announced a guilty plea by a subsidiary of Rabobank, a Dutch global bank, to a conspiracy to violate money laundering laws and obstruct a regulatory investigation of Rabobank’s activities in California....more

Obstruction of Justice: It's not the Crime, it's the Cover-up

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The familiar saying that "it's not the crime, it's the cover-up" is well-worn for a reason. Obstructive behavior or false statements can land defendants in hot water regardless of the substance of the government's underlying...more

U.S. Subsidiary Of Dutch Bank Pleads Guilty To Allegations That It Conspired To Obstruct OCC Examination Of AML Program

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 7, 2018, Dutch bank Rabobank’s U.S. subsidiary pleaded guilty to conspiring to impair, impede, and obstruct a review by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) of the bank’s anti-money laundering...more

Court Orders Jacobson Remand to Determine Reasonableness of $10 Million Fine

In United States v. Zukerman, No. 17-948 (2d Cir. Feb. 6, 2018) (ALK, RAK, RSP) (summary order), the appellant, Morris Zuckerman, challenged the substantive and procedural reasonableness of his sentence, which was imposed...more

Criminal Enforcement Against Senior Executives: The Fish Rots from the Head

by Michael Volkov on

The compliance community is well aware of the risks in the C-Suite. As you move up the corporate ladder, the level of risk from executive misconduct increases. A rotten executive can quickly bring down a company, destroy...more

Former DOJ Prosecutor Pleads Guilty After Attempting to Sell Sealed False Claims Act Cases to the Target Defendants

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A former prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice has pled guilty to attempting to sell sealed False Claims cases to the defendants in those cases and to transporting stolen goods across state lines. Jeffrey...more

It’s Not Nice to Fool The NTSB

by LeClairRyan on

Those of us of a certain age will remember the television ad for margarine that tastes so much like butter that even Mother Nature is fooled. When Mother Nature learns that the product is not her “delicious butter,” she...more

What Happens to Monetary Penalties When Convicted Defendant Dies with Pending Appeals?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

This was the question in a recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals case. The defendant was convicted of securities fraud, mail and wire fraud and obstruction of justice, and entered into a negotiated guilty plea to criminal...more

Second Circuit Finds Death Extinguishes Trial Convictions and Related Restitution Order – But Tax Offenses and Bail Forfeiture...

In 2010, a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York convicted body-armor tycoon David H. Brooks of multiple counts of conspiracy, insider trading, fraud, and obstruction of justice for his role in a $200 million...more

Comey And Executive Privilege — What Could Have Been

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017, as part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. And the committee’s...more

Comey And Executive Privilege — What Could Have Been

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017, as part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. And the committee’s...more

“Say it Ain’t So Barry:” A Brief Commentary on United States v. Barry Lamar Bonds and the Elusive Definition of Obstruction of...

Politics can be a contact sport as is evident from the recent appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate alleged misdeeds by the Trump Administration including obstruction of justice. Ironically, the decision of an...more

Obstruction of Justice – A Primer

by Michael Volkov on

Our political discourse these days has been focused on three key words – obstruction of justice. Whatever your politics may be, these words and the law surrounding obstruction of justice are important to understand....more

Workers flee during MOL investigation, roofing company fined for obstructing inspector

by Dentons on

A roofing company has been fined $40,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including $15,000 for obstructing a Ministry of Labour inspector. The MOL inspector had gone to the site because of a complaint. He...more

White House Allegedly Purges Electronic Devices after Order to Preserve Data: An E-Discovery Teachable Moment

by Exterro, Inc. on

According to an article published in the Independent, allegations have arisen surrounding “White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team…reportedly ‘purging’ their electronic devices to avoid being...more

New Administrative Penalties Against Individuals and Private Companies as Part of Mexico's Fight Against Corruption

by White & Case LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Mexico's new General Law on Administrative Accountability will take effect, imposing serious penalties on individuals and private companies that violate it, and requiring companies to adopt and implement...more

ZTE Pays the Price for Circumventing Sanctions and Export Controls

by Michael Volkov on

Here is a real zinger – clients sometimes do not tell their lawyers the truth. I will wait a minute while you get off the floor because I know everyone is shocked and amazed that this happens. But in the recent ZTE case,...more

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