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By Mary Jacoby | July 17, 2014

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Deputy Attorney General James Cole sparred Thursday in a hearing that discussed unusual testimony two career DOJ prosecutors gave to the House Oversight panel.

Government Reaches Settlement with Obiang in Kleptocracy Case

The U.S. began settlement discussions with the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president last month.

Government Seeks Strong Penalty for Former BSGR Agent Cilins

Frederic Cilins pleaded guilty to obstructing a U.S. investigation of foreign bribery in Guinea and is set to be sentenced this week.

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Former Alstom Executive Pomponi Pleads Guilty to FCPA Conspiracy

William Pomponi was charged in a 12-count second superseding indictment last year alleging bribes paid to Indonesia officials.

Deputy AG James Cole Defends Justice Department in Combative Hearing About IRS Probe

Among the topics at the hearing was unusual testimony given to the committee staff in May from Public Integrity Section chief Jack Smith and Election Crimes branch chief Richard Pilger, career prosecutors whom the DOJ normally would try to shield from politics.

Son of Former South Korean President Challenges U.S. Attempt to Seize Home Sale Proceeds

Although former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan left office 25 years ago, the country is still battling to recover assets believed to have been pilfered during his tenure.

Chinese-Owned Ralls Corp. Wins Victory in Campaign for More Transparency from CFIUS

An appeals court sided with the Chinese-owned company and questioned the fairness of the national security-related foreign investment review process.

Court Expedites Unusual Extradition Appeal of Chinese-Mexican Alleged Drug Conspirator

Zhenli Ye Gon was arrested in Maryland in 2007 and is suspected in a massive money laundering scheme through Las Vegas casinos.

SFO Investigating Sweett Group, Company Reports

The Wall Street Journal first published a detailed accounting of bribery allegations regarding Sweett Group in 2013.

Prosecutor of Former Abramoff Associate Can Represent Ex-Lobbyist in Tax Case, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled that Peter Zeidenberg’s current representation was sufficiently removed from the public corruption case that he helped to prosecute at the Justice Department.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hogsett Steps Down

US Attorney in Indianapolis steps down amid mayoral talk.

Ex U.S. Attorney to Monitor Corinthian Colleges

Patrick Fitzgerald to monitor struggling for-profit education company.

Friend of Boston Marathon Suspect Found Guilty

Azamat Tazhayakov found guilty of obstruction of justice by removing evidence.

Editorial: Outrage Proves Holder Right

Conservative backlash to Holder’s “racial animus” remarks proves his point.

DC Security Details Bring Neighbors Peace, Headaches

Officials’ motorcades “become part of the neighborhood” when not on business.

Another Corrupt Transaction

Between the financial industry and the DOJ, columnist says.

DOJ Sues Entergy

For failing to submit proof of affirmative-action programs.

Holder Takes Action in Chicago

DOJ to send seven more ATF agents to fight gun violence.

Prosecutors Subpoena Cuomo Ex-Executive Director

Suggests inquiry into Cuomo’s shutdown of anti-corruption commission moving forwards.

Jury Still Out on Boston Bombing Trial

Deliberations on whether or not Tsarnaev’s friend hid evidence to resume Monday.

An Open Letter to Holder

Daily Beast columnist displeased with Holder’s “racial animus.”

Preet Talks Loss

Says ‘85 and 1 is still a pretty good record.’

DOJ Inspector General Faults FBI

The FBI and the DOJ failed to identify flawed crime lab results, report says.

Undocumented Minors Fare Better with Attorneys

Studies show children entering the U.S. illegally do better in court with an attorney.

Attorney Blocks Bridgegate Panel Witness

U.S. attorneys in Newark ask panel to hold off on witnesses, including Regina Egea.

Danny Kuo Sentenced

After pleading guilty to charges relating to insider trading, Kuo gets 6 months.

Senate Passes Phone Unlocking Bill

Leahy-Grassley bill is pro-consumer, pro-competition, gets bipartisan support.

Holder’s Missing Citigroup Defendants

Commentary: Why no individual securities fraud charges brought in $7b settlement?

DOJ Inspector General Blasts Crime Lab Investigation

Report cites “serious deficiencies” in crime lab task force.

S&P Open to Restarting DOJ Settlement Talks

No deal imminent, but negotiations may run between hundreds of millions of dollars to $1 billion.

DOJ’s “Choke Point” Limits Scope

Won’t target banks that do business with short-term lenders, gun dealers.

Holder Addresses Congress

Holder addresses Congress, America to “eradicate” inequality.

Judge Blasts Segregated School

Judge rules Huntsville, AL. schools need to desegregate further.

DOJ, Caldwell to Target Cybercrime

New DOJ crime chief to focus on “low-risk, lucrative” cybercrime.

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LOCAL UTAH OFFICIALS CRITICIZE DOJ'S INACTION ON CORRUPTION SCANDAL: The influence-buying allegations that led to the arrests of two former Utah Attorneys General touched Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat.

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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