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By Jordan Schachtel | July 11, 2014

Journalist-advocate Glenn Greenwald sees a civil rights violation in now-ended surveillance of Muslims, but doesn't do his homework on the evidence.

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A Republican Call for Investigator Replacement in IRS Probe

Virginia Representative Frank Wolf requested DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz replace Barbara Bosserman as the lead investigator in the IRS scandal.

BNP Paribas Pleads Guilty to Violating U.S. Sanctions

BNP Paribas’ admission of guilt and $8.9 billion fine was first announced at the end of June.

Weatherford Compliance Chief Billy Jacobson Forms Orrick Troika

The former FCPA Unit assistant chief and co-general counsel and chief compliance officer at Weatherford International Ltd is moving to Orrick in September.

Morrison & Foerster Appoints Paul Friedman as Managing Partner in Europe

Paul Friedman previously headed the firm’s FCPA team before the arrival of Charles Duross.

Hogan Lovells Heads to Altar in Mexico on Energy and Telecom Growth

The move was timed to take advantage of “sweeping structural reforms” in Mexico’s energy and telecom sectors that Hogan Lovells anticipates will attract new investors and companies across a wide swath of industries.

U.S. Has No Doubt About Case Against Alleged Drug Conspirator Despite Dismissal

Zhenli Ye Gon is set to be extradited to Mexico after being arrested in 2007 and a drug conspiracy charge against him was dismissed with prejudice in 2009.

SEC Subpoenas Biomet Over Brazil and Mexico ‘Alleged Improprieties’

The government investigation of a number of medical equipment manufacturers probed in 2007 has continued with an additional SEC subpoena issued to Biomet Inc.

No Penalty for Noble Corp. Defendants in Foreign Bribery Settlement with SEC

A number of rulings from the court had made the SEC’s pending trial against Noble Corp. executives a tall task.

Panelists Discuss Future of SFO In Context of UK Bribery Act’s 3rd Anniversary

The discussion was led by Barry Vitou, a solicitor and partner at Pinsent Masons LLP; Richard Kovalevsky QC, a criminal law barrister; Vivian Robinson QC, a partner at McGuireWoods LLP in London and Julian Glass, the Managing Director of FTI Consulting.

DOJ Scolds Abramoff Attorney Zeidenberg for ‘Almost Flippant’ Response to Conflict Claims

The Justice Department fired back at Jack Abramoff attorney Peter R. Zeidenberg in their fight over a motion to disqualify the former Public Integrity Section prosecutor.

Did Lois Lerner Target Grassley Over Tax Division Nominee’s Failure?

The Republican opposition to Mary L. Smith’s April 2009 nomination was viewed at the time as entirely legitimate, given Smith’s complete lack of tax experience. It wasn’t just raw GOP obstructionism.

BNP Paribas Pleads Guilty in Sanctions Case

After months of intense negotiating, BNP Paribas pleaded guilty in New York State court on Monday, admitting to transferring billions of dollars on behalf of Sudan and other countries the United States has blacklisted.

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey Highlights Dangers of ‘Compliance Fatigue’

The survey of more than 2,700 top executives in 59 countries found compliance efforts have leveled out at a time when countries beyond the United States are ramping up enforcement.

Commentary: Judge Brinkema Gets Her Sami Al-Arian Case Dismissal By Doing Nothing for Five Years

And so the fight over the “master manipulator,” who denied for years that he’d helped to lead a Palestinian suicide bombing group, will go on.

Western Texas U.S. Attorney Nominated for Federal Judgeship

Robert Lee Pitman, a former magistrate judge in Austin, has led the San Antonio-based federal prosecuting office since 2011.

World Bank’s OSD Debars 224 Firms and Individuals Over 6 Years

A new report from the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment touts its improved operations since reforms to the sanctions process.

The Survivor: How Eric Holder Outlasted His (Many) Critics

It may well be the main reason the first black president of the United States has stood so firmly behind the first black attorney general of the United States: Eric Holder has been willing to say the things President Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t say about race.

Complete Transcript: Fraud Section Chief Jeff Knox’s Remarks on the FCPA at Wall Street Journal Conference

A top supervisor of the DOJ’s FCPA unit says he can’t overstate how international cooperation has changed the game; insists the department doesn’t “outsource” its investigations, and says if a whistleblower discloses significant corruption that a company didn’t disclose, a “traditional covert investigation” from prosecutors may ensue.

Former Abramoff Case Prosecutor Now Representing Abramoff? Justice Department Cries Foul

The government says Peter R. Zeidenberg shouldn’t be representing Jack Abramoff in a dispute over a seized tax refund because he previously prosecuted one of the disgraced former lobbyist’s associates.

SEC Testing Edges of Foreign Bribery Law with Upcoming Trials

The Securities and Exchange Commission, with its lower burden of proof in civil trials, is aggressively litigating on core but yet still unsettled legal concepts associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Obama Nominates U.S. Attorneys in Tampa and Nashville; Picks Kentucky’s Hale for District Court

David Hale has served as the top federal prosecutor in the Louisville-based Western District of Kentucky since 2010.

How Credit Suisse Got Off Easy

In that September 4 email, whose contents were obtained by Newsweek, Cole added this eyebrow-raising detail: “I got a call from Broderick Johnson who says the CEO wants to get this resolved.”

Los Angeles U.S. Attorney Birotte’s Nomination to Federal Bench Advances

Andre Birotte Jr.’s nomination to be a district court judge in the Central District of California was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote.

Innospec Prosecutions Wind Up With Two Convictions in London

The transatlantic prosecution of the U.S.-based chemical manufacturer and its subsidiary in the U.K. evolved out of the United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal involving kickbacks to Iraq.

Senate Confirms Three Barrier-Breaking Federal Judges

A former migrant farm worker and two openly gay black nominees are approved to sit on the federal bench in Washington state, Illinois and Florida.

SEC Arguing Aggressive Definition of Mens Rea in Noble Corp. Bribery Case

But U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison is struggling with the intent questions and pronounced himself flummoxed by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s facilitating payments exception.

Brazil’s New Anti-Corruption Environment: A Q&A with EY Sao Paulo’s Fernando Caleiro Palma

The EY Executive Director of Corporate Compliance on how Brazil’s new Clean Company Act is expected to play out and what it means for U.S. businesses.

ACLU Challenges DOJ on “Suspicious Activity”

Reporting program leads to investigation of innocents, ACLU says.


Port Authority Pressed to Hire from Christie’s Firm

Sources say Christie administration pushed Port Authority to hire from governor’s former firm.


DOJ: No Charges in Capitol Shooting

Officer who fatally shot woman after high-speed case will not face criminal charges.


Attorney Generaling While Black

Commentary slams WSJ columnist for calling Holder most ‘racially polarizing’ AG.


Racially Polarizing AGs?

Roger Taney, anyone?


Benghazi Case is “Complex”

DOJ says contains “novel questions of fact and law.”


Benghazi Case a Proving Grounds

Will prove to be a test of DC prosecutors’ worth.


US Naming Monitor for Newark Police

To address allegations of brutality, discrimination, neglect.


DOJ Appoints Temporary Judges

To handle the immigration crisis in the Southwest.


Shurtleff Texts Reveal Tension

New evidence in ex-AG’s case shows mounting tension between Shurtleff and top aide.


Prosecuting Pot in LA

Assistant US attorney stays vigilant prosecuting amongst changing medical pot provisions.


DOJ Won’t Investigate CIA

Declines to pursue allegations of CIA spying on Senate Intel staff.


AG Holder Won’t Meet with BoA Pres

Holder refuses “unproductive” meeting.


Lerner’s Disappearing Emails Resurface

Former IRS official may have printed some.


Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years

Nagin was found guilty Feb. 12 of fraud and bribery involving crimes that took place before and after Katrina devastated the city.


Public Citizen Slams DOJ

Spike in settlements and DPAs brings ire of watchdogs.


Rajaratnam Brother Acquitted

Rengan Rajaratnam not guilty of conspiracy, ending Preet Bharara’s conviction streak.


Double Trouble for the IRS

IRS to make two appearances before two separate judges in two separate courtrooms.


Abu Khattala Trial Judge

Well-connected rookie Christopher “Casey” Cooper randomly appointed.


Madoff Trustee Dealt Legal Setback

Judge limits ability of trustee seeking money for Madoff victims.


US Attorney Defends Cutting Time Served

A 5K1.1 motion cuts time for defendants who cooperate in cases.


Boston Bombing Trial

Friend knew Tsarnaev was bombing suspect, prosecutor says.


Justice Department Sues North Carolina

Will decided whether voter ID law is “discriminatory.”


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SEN. TED CRUZ DEMANDS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR The firebrand Texas Republican challenges Attorney General Eric Holder over IRS probe.

TONY SOPRANO WOULD JUST BREAK YOUR LEGS. Criminal Division Fraud Section Chief Jeff Knox pushes back against the suggestion the DOJ is running a "protection racket" in cooperation with law firms to shake down corporations for large fines and fees.


HAS FCPA GONE TOO FAR? WSJ MODERATOR ASKS."Why trivialize foreign corruption when no one would trivialize domestic corruption?" Criminal Division Fraud Section Chief Jeff Knox parried at a Wall Street Journal business conference in Washington, D.C.

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