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By Mary Jacoby | August 22, 2014

After 27 years at the DOJ, Sal Perricone, who resigned from the New Orleans U.S. Attorney's office in 2012, is asking a federal judge to allow him to continue to practice law in Baton Rouge.

Congress Set to Double DOJ Funding for Fulfilling Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty Requests

The Justice Department hopes that a speedier response to foreign government MLAT requests for evidence will encourage other countries to reciprocate when the U.S. comes asking.

The Hedge Fund and the Despot

Och-Ziff is under foreign bribery investigation by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission.

New Mexico Sheriff, Charged With Abusing Motorist, Points Finger Instead at the U.S. Attorney

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella – accused of threatening a motorist he’d been tailgating with a gun – claims that New Mexico U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez has a “personal vendetta” against him.

Sal Perricone Blames Ambien For His Anonymous Online Commenting

The scandal led to the resignation of New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and the ordering of a new trial for police officers convicted of post-Hurricane Katrina killings.

Eric Holder Almost Gives the Ferguson Race Speech Obama Couldn’t

Those who are frustrated with Obama will likely find solace in the Attorney General.

Bank of America to Pay $17 Billion in Justice Department Settlement

The settlement amount is the largest ever reached between the U.S. and a single company, and is approximately equal to the bank’s total profit for the past three years.

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Cleary Gottlieb Represented Vale During Corporate ‘Dupe’ Over Guinea Mining, Rio Tinto Says

Key meetings between mining companies Vale and Rio Tinto took place in Cleary Gottlieb’s New York offices, Rio Tinto’s revised RICO complaint says, among other new details.

Contract Reviews: Putting the Shine Back in the Mining and Metals Industries

Facing lower commodity prices and less access to capital, natural resource extraction companies are increasingly turning to contract reviews to control capital and expense-related outflows.

Jeanne E. Davidson Nominated to U.S. Court of International Trade

A top Justice Department Civil Division official gets the nod.

Judge Who Sentenced Ala. Gov. Siegelman Arrested After Wife Calls 911 in Alleged Beating

Police say U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was on the bed when they entered the hotel room, which smelled of alcohol. There was broken glass and hair on the floor. Blood was discovered in the bathroom.

Michael McCrum, Special Prosecutor of Texas’s Rick Perry, and the Road Not Taken

The special prosecutor who obtained an abuse of power indictment against the long-time Republican governor was once set to become the U.S. Attorney in Texas’s Western District.

FBI Withheld Information on National Security Letters, DOJ IG Asserts

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has accused the department of stonewalling some information requests with improper assertions of privilege.

DOJ Declination for Layne Christensen in Africa FCPA Probe

But the drilling and construction firm remains in settlement talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Esquenazi, Rodriguez File Supreme Court Petition in FCPA Instrumentality Challenge

In May, the Eleventh Circuit rejected Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez’s challenge of the Justice Department’s interpretation of a key Foreign Corrupt Practices Act definition.

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections Do Not Apply Outside U.S., Appeals Court Rules in Siemens Case

A Taiwanese citizen working in China for a Germany company who is fired for reporting allegedly corrupt contracts in North Korea isn’t covered by United States anti-retaliation whistleblower protections, the Second Circuit rules.

Classified Work for the U.S. Led to Leniency for Ex-American Banknote Corp. CEO

EXCLUSIVE: It took ten years for a judge to sentence Morris Weissman for a 2003 accounting fraud conviction – in part because the former CEO of the secure transactions and anti-counterfeiting company had been working with U.S. intelligence.

Mayer Brown’s Urgenson Talks Financial Industry FCPA Risk

Top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defense lawyer Laurence Urgenson participated in a teleconference Thursday about international enforcement of anti-corruption laws.

India’s New Corporate Social Responsibility Law Exposes U.S. Companies to New Fraud Risks

US companies may be at increased risk as a result of India’s well intended new law surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility.

Updated FCPA Corporate Monitors List Has Three New Names

Just Anti-Corruption maintains a historical list of corporate monitors in all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements.

Criminal Probe Opened

Into the beheading of American journalist Jim Foley by ISIS.

U.S. Examines Role of GM Lawyers

Did legal dept. conceal evidence of faulty ignition switch?

Christie Aide’s AG Chances Sink

Kevin O’Dowd, former AUSA under Christie in NJ, was questioned in Bridgegate.

Retiring Magistrate Judge

Holly Fitzsimmons reflects fondly on career in Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s office.

Michael McCrum Profile

Special prosecutor behind the Rick Perry indictment.

Holder Speaks in Ferguson

Tells of his own experience with racial profiling.

S&P Faces Off Against DOJ

Demands documents from DOJ, Treasury Sec. Geithner from the government’s lawsuit against S&P.

DOJ Wanted to Investigate Taser Death

NAACP calls on DOJ to investigate a man tasered to death in CA.

Comey on Shurtleff

Visits Salt Lake City, doesn’t comment on DOJ-FBI split in investigation.

Billionaire Named in Anti-Iran Group Suit

Commodities investor Thomas Kaplan calls it harassment.

Happy Anniversary, Preet

Looking into Preet Bharara’s five years in office.

Obama: Enemy of the Press

James Risen calls President ‘greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.’

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