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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Driller Resolves FCPA Charges

Oil and gas driller Helmerich & Payne Inc. (H&P) will pay a $1 million criminal penalty to the Justice Department to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations related to improper payments to government officials in Argentina and Venezuela.… Continue Reading

Over There

Our subject is usually corruption overseas. But it’s impossible to ignore the news these days from New Jersey. Arrested earlier this month — 44 people, including three mayors and two state legislators.… Continue Reading

Jefferson’s Case Heads To The Jury

His defense took just two hours to present. Now, according to the Times Picayune, the jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday and begin deliberating William Jefferson’s fate. Here’s how the paper began its report of the final day of testimony:

In a moment of courtroom drama Thursday, the prosecutors in the corruption trial of William Jefferson withdrew their objections and let the former New Orleans congressman’s attorneys play nearly 90 minutes of secretly taped recordings that the defense team said was crucial to his case.

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Getting Loud For Justice

It’s been awhile since we beat the drum about respondeat superior (here). But that’s OK. A a couple of very smart guys have been doing it for us. They’re Stanley A.
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Here Comes The SFO, Part One

The last time we had a serious discussion about the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office was to report its thrashing in June 2008 by a former American prosecutor. Jessica de Grazia, who’d been an assistant district attorney in Manhattan for 13 years, was hired by the U.K.’s… Continue Reading

Caribbean Corruption Report Leaked

WikiLeaks — the site that publishes documents that are “classified, censored or otherwise opaque to the public record” — has posted the suppressed final report of the Turks and Caicos Islands Commission of Inquiry.… Continue Reading

Seal This . . .

Nearly everything in the court’s electronic record of James Giffen’s criminal prosecution is beyond reach. Almost 200 pleadings and orders are in the docket but only a dozen can be viewed or downloaded, and the indictment isn’t one of them.… Continue Reading

Back To Bourke

We talked earlier about the “knowledge” element of an FCPA offense and the two kinds of “knowledge” the government can prove: What the defendant actually knows and what he or she should know under the circumstances.… Continue Reading

The Iron Ore War

The Chinese government this week alleged that employees of Rio Tinto bribed executives from 16 Chinese steel mills that buy its iron ore for themselves and China’s 120 steel producers. Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto is among the world’s largest iron ore miners and has been a major supplier to China’s steel industry, which is mostly state-owned.… Continue Reading