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By Jeffrey Benzing | April 24, 2014

Okla. Rep. James Lankford (l) was one of many who criticized the attorney general (r) for attempting to address graduating police cadets after being held in criminal contempt of Congress.

Holder Scraps Oklahoma Police Cadets Speech As Protesters Threaten Handcuffs

The brouhaha in Oklahoma mirrors attempts by House Republicans in Washington to de-legitimize Holder by emphasizing the June 2012 vote of the House finding him in criminal contempt of Congress. UPDATED 3:55 p.m. EDT

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Prosecutor and FBI Agent Seek to Debunk Hollywood Myth

The government says Jordan Belfort has done little to atone financially for his crimes. Ex-prosecutor Joel Cohen and FBI Agent Gregory Coleman will give an inside look at their investigation at a panel next month.

SEC Recommends FCPA Enforcement Action Against Qualcomm

Qualcomm was first informed of related government investigations in 2010.

Anti-Money Laundering Audits – Advice from the ACAMS Conference

AML auditors should exercise ample professional skepticism, question processes and controls that don’t make sense, and even seek clarity, where appropriate, on key decisions, such as the acceptance of new clients or the disposition of alert investigations.

Equatorial Guinea Dictator’s Son Cancels Deposition in Jet Seizure Case

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue canceled the scheduled deposition hours before he was to appear at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. The U.S. claims he transferred ownership of the jet, which it seeks to seize under its anti-kleptocracy initiative

Marshall Miller Joins Criminal Division as Chief of Staff

The veteran of the Eastern District of New York will serve as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Anti-Corruption Compliance Improved with Increased Threat of Penalties, Cole Says

Aggressive law enforcement has meant that companies no longer see it as cost-effective to avoid building compliance programs, the Deputy Attorney General said today.

Lawson Supreme Court Ruling Raises Concern of Whistleblower Deluge

The Supreme Court opinion vastly widens the pool of potential whistleblowers.

Justice Department Outlines New Clemency Criteria for Non-Violent Offenders

U.S. Pardon Attorney Ron Rodgers has also asked to be reassigned.

Restructured Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office to Focus on Securities Fraud and Violent Crime

Prosecutors will step up focus on financial crimes and prioritize efforts to stop violent crime.

Duross’s FCPA Unit Legacy: Resource Guide, DPA Templates and Expanded Compliance

The Justice Department Criminal Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit resembled a start-up under Mark Mendelsohn in the mid 2000s; Chuck Duross began to institutionalize its procedures. What’s in store for new leader Patrick Stokes?

SEC Says Magyar Defendants Used 5th Amendment ‘Bait and Switch’

The three former telecoms employees have been charged with FCPA violations by the SEC over conduct in Macedonia.

Judge Denies Stay for Chinese-Owned Ralls Corp. As It Fights CFIUS Divestiture Case

The U.S. is seeking to compel a holding company with ties to Chinese mega-construction firm Sany Group to sell a wind farm near sensitive military sites in Oregon.

Guinean Panel Publishes Evidence Linking Steinmetz to Alleged Mining Corruption

A Guinean government panel has published the declaration of a wife of the country’s late dictator that describes how she was allegedly bribed to use her influence with her husband. Mamadie Toure is also cooperating in a U.S. FCPA probe.

Farenthold Introduces Bill to Nix Holder’s Pay

The Texas Republican doesn’t think federal officials found in contempt of Congress should be able to collect their paychecks.

Conflict Minerals Rule Weakened, But Due Diligence Requirements Remain Intact

An appeals court panel rules a public reporting requirement violates the First Amendment, but companies are still required to probe their supply chains for evidence that materials are tied to armed conflict.

U.S. Charges Two More DAP Executives in Venezuela Bribery Case

Six people have now been charged in the brokerage-firm Venezuelan bribe scheme; four have already pleaded guilty.

Shareholder Lawsuits Pile On Hyperdynamics After Contract Collapse

Houston-based Hyperdynamics had no oil exploration experience when it won a massive off-shore concession in 2006 from then-Guinean dictator Lansana Conté.

Manhattan DA’s Probe Focusing on Role of David Samson’s Port Authority Assistant

EXCLUSIVE: Subpoenas seek detailed information about the activities of an aide who followed former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson to the agency from Wolff & Samson, the law firm central to many of the questions now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie.

Facciola Outspoken as Magistrate Judge on Limiting E-Discovery for Prosecutors

The magistrate judge is seen as an e-discovery expert for his efforts to make prosecutors show true probable cause in cases involving phone and other electronic data.

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Griggsby Nominated to Federal Claims Court

The former prosecutor is currently chief counsel for privacy and information policy for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Utah U.S. Attorney to Rejoin Sidley Austin

David Barlow, who previously worked for Republican Sen. Mike Lee, will return to private practice this summer.

Grassley Plans to Form Whistleblower Caucus

Grassley has been an outspoken advocate for whistleblower issues and a critic of the Obama administrations whistleblowing policies.

Sharing Cyber Data Won’t Trigger Antitrust Enforcement, Justice Department Says

Information sharing is encouraged to protect data networks, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said in a joint policy statement.

Polish Official Confirms HP Settlement Before U.S. or HP Announces

The timing of Hewlett-Packard Company’s U.S. FCPA settlement was first disclosed by a Polish newspaper and confirmed publicly by the country’s interior minister.

Lawmakers Want Close Antitrust Scrutiny of Massive Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Cable executives say consumers benefit from the possibility of increased investment but lawmakers — and the Justice Department — have yet to be convinced.

House Republicans Angry Holder Hasn’t Investigated IRS Media Leak

Department doesn’t investigate every press leak, Attorney General says.

Facing Criticism, Holder Says Prosecutors Mobilized Quickly in Wake of Financial Crisis

Lawmakers lament the Justice Department’s meek attempts to hold individuals responsible for corporate crimes.

Ponzi Scheme Operator Illarramendi Asks to be Let Out of Jail Ahead of Sentencing

The former hedge fund manager claims he needs more free time to review thousands of documents that will be used in his sentencing.

Latvia to Join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Latvia will be the 41st party to the convention when its membership is made final at the end of next month.

U.S. Secures First Ever Extradition on Antitrust Charge

Prosecutors had previously won extradition of a British national on obstruction of justice charges in an unrelated antitrust case.

Martinez Clears Judiciary Committee as U.S. Attorney Nominee for New Mexico

The nominee has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001.

André Birotte Nominated as U.S. District Judge in California

Birotte has served as U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California in March 2010.

Holder Defends Record on Corporate Prosecutions

Sen. Jeffrey Merkley (D-Ore.) asked the Attorney General today if the justice system is weighted in favor of the powerful.

Inspector General Complains About Justice Department Document Access

Michael Horowitz said it should be up to him, not Attorney General Eric Holder, to decide when documents should be available to investigators.

Charges Against Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash Not a Typical FCPA Matter

While observers debate the U.S. assertion that the timing of the arrest of the powerful businessman-ally of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was a coincidence, the case does point to the growing use of the FCPA in non-traditional ways.

Mythili Raman, Former Criminal Division Acting Leader, Headed to Covington

Raman is following her former boss at DOJ, Lanny Breuer, to the prestigious white-shoe law firm in Washington, knowledgeable people say.

African Development Bank Fines Companies for Bonny Island Corruption

Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, Technip S.A. and JGC Corp. agreed to pay $17 million to settle a Nigerian corruption investigation that has already resulted in penalties in the United States.

Alstom Foreign Bribery Investigation Appears to Be Yielding a Multitude of Cases

Six Alstom executives have now been implicated in a corruption scheme that may also ensnare the parent company and its subsidiaries.

Former DHS Watchdog Cozy with Officials, Report Says

Former prosecutor John Roth now tasked with reforming Inspector General’s office.

Holder Praises Sotomayor Dissent

Opposition to affirmative action ruling ‘courageous,’ AG says.

FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Informants, Suit Says

Four American Muslims claim they were put on the list as intimidation.

Prosecutor Scrutinized on Insider Trading Definition

Appeals judge calls the government’s view ‘amorphous.’

Christie Has ‘Friends’ in U.S. Attorney’s Office

That’s why Hoboken mayor said she did not come forward sooner with pressure allegations.

Fleet-Footed Fardon

Chicago U.S. Attorney completes Boston Marathon in under three hours.

Crisis Manager Departs White House

Ed Siskel leaves counsel’s office for private practice.

Parlave Brings Eye for Detail to DC Field Office

First female to head office is FBI’s highest ranking female field agent.

Neil Eggleston Named White House Counsel

Obama taps veteran of Iran-Contra and Whitewater confrontations.

Appeals Court Orders Release of Drone Killing Memo

Public statements waived right to secrecy on Awlaki killing justification, court says.

Pittsburgh FBI Head Challenged Early

Mass stabbing marked Scott Smith’s third day on job.

Holder Is Obama’s ‘Whistling Lap Dog’

Commentary: Attorney General wasn’t referencing anything other than race.

Is Criticism of Holder Motivated by Race?

Commentary: Discussion of race reveals ‘clownish superficiality.’

Holder-Obama Gay Marriage Mind Meld?

New book claims POTUS and AG independently reached same conclusion on how not to enforce DOMA.

FBI’s KSM Defense Probe Causes Trial Disarray

Guantanamo trial delayed amid investigation.

Law Firms and Client Data

In age of cybercrime, state bar opinions are offering guidance for reasonable care.

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