In the January issue of LJN's Business Crimes Bulletin, White Collar partner Stanley Twardy Jr. and counsel Doreen Klein look at how the Department of Justice used wiretaps to uncover alleged insider trading at hedge fund Galleon Group, marking "the first time the court-authorized wiretaps have been used to target significant insider trading on Wall Street," according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Twenty defendants have been arrested so far, including Galleon's founder Raj Rajaratnam. Others include lawyers, stock brokers and executives inside the issuers themselves.
Twardy and Klein conclude that the case is likely to portend the increased use of wiretaps in white collar cases despite raising practical issues that could benefit the defense. For one, telephone talk by traders is open to misinterpretation and likely to be contested before the fact finder. Also, the transcripts are discoverable in the parallel civil proceedings, allowing defendants to learn details of the government's case. What is certain is that prosecutors and white collar defense lawyers will be watching the case closely.
On May 25, the Federal Bar Council held a CLE, entitled: "Second Circuit Appellate Advocacy Workshop," which was coordinated by Dan Wenner.
Elizabeth Latif moderated and Jed Davis spoke on the panel, entitled: "Preventing, Confronting and Surviving Cyber Incidents for In-House Counsel" at the firm's Hartford office on May 17.
Dan Wenner and Stan Twardy authored an article titled "How Much is Too Much? Forfeitures and the Eighth Amendment" (PDF) for the American Bar Association's Section of Criminal Justice.
Dan Wenner and Danielle Corcione authored an article titled "Guilty Plea's Constitutional Consequence Heads to High Court" that was published by Law360.
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Stan Twardy was quoted by the CT Law Tribune in an article that discussed the unfertile ground for law firm merges and acquisitions – with one exception.
Stan Twardy was featured in a Q&A piece in the CT Law Tribune in which he discussed his time as the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, the challenges faced in dealing with clients involved in both civil and criminal cases and the best way to prepare for success before trial.
David Doot was quoted in an article, Worries Abound As FERC Quorum Shortfall Hits 3-Month Mark, published in Law360.
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