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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

This Talk Is Not Cheap

Public corruption doesn’t happen in public. It needs dark places to flourish. That’s why the press can play a decisive role in fighting sleaze–just by shining light on it. So the announcement this week by the Chicago Tribune that it’s going all out to fight graft is welcome news.… Continue Reading

Protecting The Privilege

Senator Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced a bill “to provide appropriate protection to attorney-client privileged communications and attorney work product.” S.445 is co-sponsored by Senators Carper (D-DE), Cochran (R-MS), Kerry (D-MA), Landrieu (D-LA) and McCaskill (D-MO).… Continue Reading

Vietnam In The News

Last month we reported the conviction in a Tokyo court of three Japanes executives and their company on charges of bribing a senior Vietnamese government official. The illegal payments of $820,000 were intended to secure contracts for road projects backed by Japanese aid money.… Continue Reading

Settlement In ITT China Payments Case

Global conglomerate ITT Corporation settled civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The SEC filed a settled civil injunctive action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against New York-based ITT.… Continue Reading

China Deals Trigger Investigation

In an SEC filing this week, Morgan Stanley disclosed (here) that it’s investigating possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in China. The bank said in a short statement that “it has recently uncovered actions initiated by an employee based in China in an overseas real estate subsidiary that appear to have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

I’d Want My Conscience

It may seem to Liberians as though everyone in their civil service is corrupt, but it’s not true. There’s at least one honest man. He’s Richard Karyea, a former customs officer at the Roberts International Airport.… Continue Reading

KBR’s Twisted Web

We’ve been looking over the criminal information charging Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. There’s one conspiracy and four substantive counts. There’s also a related document called the Joint Motion to Waive Presentence Investigation.… Continue Reading

KBR Nears Final Plea Deal

A criminal information filed in federal court in Houston on Friday shows that Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC, the Houston-based global engineering and construction firm that was once part of Halliburton, will plead guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

The DOJ Contra Mundum

Six months ago, without fanfare, the Justice Department scrapped the McNulty Memo. It was replaced by new guidance for federal prosecutors about charging corporate organizations with crimes, including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

A Bit Of An Old Boy’s Club

The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office was created in 1988 with the mission to investigate and prosecute big-time fraud and corruption — the misdeeds, as Teddy Roosevelt would have said, of the wealthy criminal class.… Continue Reading