Just the Facts, Ma'am. Just the Facts.
Nothing can guarantee success, but McInerney stressed the importance of full cooperation: "The bottom line is, get us the facts. That is what cooperation is all about. If you do that you'll get credit for cooperation, and if you don't, you won't get that credit."
No Rest for the Weary for SEC Litigation
There have been a recent spate of denials of motions filed by the SEC to stay civil enforcement actions filed simultaneously with DOJ criminal actions. According to acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Greg Andres, these are "interesting times." Typically, when the SEC and DOJ conduct parallel investigations, the two agencies try to file actions at the same time. Often, because the SEC action is civil, susceptible to civil discovery, the parties ask the court to stay that case until the criminal matter is resolved. In some courts, the agencies seek to relate cases to one judge to increase the chance of a stay; in other courts, that option is unavailable. The takeaway: to avoid getting scooped, DOJ may push for short trial dates.
A New Weapon To Report Healthcare Fraud
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General created a Hotline website to improve the public's ability to report healthcare fraud. OIG reports it received about 125,000 phone complaints and roughly 17,000 e-mail complaints last year, which it hopes to increase with the implementation of the website.
A Cash Incentive for Whistleblowers
Section 922 of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, which is in conference, would reward employees who blow the whistle on securities violations with up to 30% of any monetary penalties over $1 million. If it becomes law, this change will create a cash incentive for whistleblowers (similar to the False Claims Act) to report wrongdoing.
The Devil Is Now in the (Individual) Details
Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memorandum to all federal prosecutors regarding the DOJ policy on charging and sentencing. The memo loosened some of the restraints placed on prosecutors by the now-superseded Ashcroft Memo, which instructed prosecutors to seek an indictment for the highest, most readily provable offense and to pursue a sentence within the applicable Guidelines range. In contrast, while the Holder Memo has similar instructions, it invites prosecutors to consider "an individualized assessment of the facts and circumstances of each particular case" when making charging and sentencing decisions.
Double Your Prosecution, Double Your Jeopardy
The en banc Third Circuit held in United States v. Rigas that when the government brings charges under 18 U.S.C. § 371, a "successive prosecution" relating to the same scheme constitutes double jeopardy in violation of the Fifth Amendment. In Rigas, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York indicted the defendants for a wide-ranging scheme to defraud Adelphia Communications Corporation in violation of § 371. Subsequently, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicted them for conspiracy to defraud the United States under the same statute. The en banc Third Circuit ruled the second indictment was barred as double jeopardy.
On January 30, Jed Davis will speak at The Knowledge Group Webcast, "Best Strategies in Protecting Your Firm Against Hackers: What Hackers Can and Cannot Do?"
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Jed Davis authored the article, "Cybersecurity for the Under-Resourced" for Bloomberg BNA.
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Dan Wenner wrote an article, "No Conviction, No Credit: Troubling Sentence For Cooperator," for Law360. Wenner explores why cooperation agreements don’t always work by analyzing the case United States v. Harrington, No. 15-3486, 2016 WL 4409337 (7th Cir. Aug. 19, 2016), in which the government and defendant-cooperator Richard Harrington sought resentencing under Rule 35.
Steven Cash was quoted in an article, "Senate Judiciary Committee To Be Led by Non-Lawyers," in The Wall Street Journal. In the article, Cash discusses how Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is set to become the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, joining the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Neither Grassley or Feinstein attended law school.
Steve Cash was named in an article, "How Two Russian Defectors Helped the FBI Nab European Mobsters Then Wound up Stranded in Oregon," in Newsweek.
Dennis Kearney was quoted in an article, "Bridgegate verdict: How long could Kelly and Baroni serve?," in The Star Ledger. In the article, Kearney discusses Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly’s sentencing in the Bridgegate trial.
Dan Wenner was quoted in an article, "Appeals could drag Bridgegate case on for another year," in The Bergen Record.
Dennis Kearney was quoted in an article, "Christie defends himself following Baroni, Kelly guilty verdicts in Bridgegate trial," in NJBiz. Kearney commented on how Gov. Chris Christie defended himself Friday in a statement after a federal jury in Newark found former aides Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni guilty of all charges for their roles in carrying out politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013.