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Impeachment Lessons and The Midnight Special

This post will eventually test your affinity for the 1970s, which featured both Richard Nixon and The Midnight Special. The Special was formative in my teenage years, which explains a great deal. But first, many thanks to...more

Mistrial in bribery case against US Senator Robert Menendez highlights the challenges of proving bribery with circumstantial...

by Dentons on

The US Department of Justice's ongoing efforts to expand the reach of federal corruption statutes is in jeopardy after last week's failure to convict US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). U.S. v. Menendez et al, No. 15-cr-00155,...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 77, the Home for the Holidays Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, including: 1. The DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance turned 5 years old this week. For the compliance practitioner,...more

Manafort Indictment Alleges High-End International Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Involving Offshore Accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As the world now knows, an indictment against Paul Manafort, Jr., a former campaign chairperson for now-President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates III, was unsealed yesterday. ...more

Second Circuit Overturns Convictions Of Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos And His Son Based On Supreme Court's McDonnell...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the political corruption conviction of the former majority leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos, and his son, Adam B....more

Skelos Vacated: For The Second Time This Year, Conviction Of Leading New York State Legislator Is Undone Due To McDonnell

The Second Circuit (Winter, Raggi, Hellerstein by designation)yesterday, vacated by summary order the convictions of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos. Dean and Adam Skelos were...more

Encyclopedia Brown and the Fraudulent Font: New Data Types Continue to Play a Major Role in Investigations

by Exterro, Inc. on

As a kid, I loved the Encyclopedia Brown stories, which were about a boy who ran his own detective agency and solved mysteries (for a fee of 25 cents) that arose in his school and around town. One story I remember in...more

United States v. Nixon – An Important Reminder

by Michael Volkov on

In these days of political turmoil, it is always important to know specific and relevant events from our country’s past. I was fascinated by the Watergate scandal and was enamored with the role played by prosecutors and...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

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

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Local Campaign Finance Reform: Can Local Agencies Wean the Baby From “Mother’s Milk?” (Part 1)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

It is an issue that has been with us since the earliest days of politics: The wealthy tend to have disproportionate influence over our political leaders in contrast to the poor and middle class. In the immortal words of the...more

Dismissal of Charges Against Former Virgina Governor McDonnell is Another Lesson in Prosecutorial Discretion

by Melito & Adolfsen on

On September 8, 2016, the United States moved to dismiss the charges against Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell. The reason given for the decision was short but thoughtful: "After carefully considering the...more

SEC Resolves FCPA Action With LAN Airlines

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC resolved another FCPA action centered on the entry of LAN Airlines S.A. into Argentina. Previously, the Commission settled with the CEO of the company who agreed to the entry of a cease and desist order based on...more

The Ethics Advisor: It’s Getting Hot in Here

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Ah, summertime. Beaches, BBQs, visits with familia, ethics developments, balmy nights … Wait – ethics? Yes, it’s true. The world of ethics and conflicts of interest es muy caliente this summer, with a couple of...more

The McDonnell Case: Limitations on public corruption prosecutions and a victory for the social compact of representative...

by Dentons on

On Monday June 27, 2016, the US Supreme Court published a unanimous opinion reinforcing what is quickly becoming a contemporary trend in both public corruption and campaign finance regulation cases across the country. By...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses McDonnell Conviction

by Williams Mullen on

Earlier this week the United States Supreme Court handed former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell a big victory by reversing his 2014 conviction for “accepting payments, loans, gifts, and other things of value from [Johnnie]...more

High Court Clarifies “Official Act” in Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Decision

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the bribery convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should come as a no surprise to anyone versed in the high Court’s recent public corruption jurisprudence. However,...more

Court Holds Drafting Contracts Violates Sarbanes-Oxley

Section 802 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act added the following provision to 18 U.S.C. § 1519: “Sec. 1519. Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy - Whoever knowingly...more

The McDonnell Case: Supreme Court Weighs Limiting Bribery Statute

by Michael Volkov on

We all suffer from a little myopia. Following FCPA enforcement and compliance issues makes a lot of sense in today’s enforcement environment. However, there is plenty of domestic enforcement of bribery laws – the New York...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in McDonnell Public Corruption Case

by Williams Mullen on

Last week, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer framed the overarching issues facing the Court during oral argument in United States v. McDonnell this way: “One, political figures will not know what...more

Private Equity and the Och-Ziff Enforcement Action

by Michael Volkov on

Since 2010, the Justice Department and the SEC have been “investigating” a number of private equity and hedge funds for FCPA violations. The launch of the inquiries was a big deal with lots of fanfare and focus on private...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon....more

Africa Update - March 2016 #2

Leading the News - Cote d’Ivoire - On March 13th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed the beach hotels in Grand-Bassam, a region population with Ivoirian and Western...more

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