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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

Unintended Consequences

Crooked officials and those who bribe them cripple economies and ruin lives. So all sincere efforts to reduce public corruption and deliver clean government deserve praise. At the same time, not all anti-corruption initiatives are equal, and good intentions can sometimes produce bad results.… Continue Reading

The Dog Ate Our Homework

We had a nice post ready for today. Really. Then we remembered the 11:59 p.m. deadline on May 31 for the 2008 TRACE International essay contest on fighting public bribery. There were only a few hours to go so in desperation we sent our post off as our entry.… Continue Reading

終了すると極端な偏見

That’s right. The title of today’s post says in Japanese, Terminate With Extreme Prejudice. Why? Well, we were spending just a few minutes surfing the internet (only during our company-approved tea break, of course) and happened to see the following news item from Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun (here):

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Bribe Takers Get A Pass Under The FCPA

With $4-a-gallon gas, disappearing honey bees and a world-wide hops shortage, there’s hardly time to worry about anything else. Like why bribe-taking foreign officials are never prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

The Highest Roller In Town

Does it ever pay to stonewall the Department of Justice in an FCPA investigation? We’re asking because of an item that ran in the May 21st edition of the U.K. Times Online (available here).… Continue Reading

More Than Normally Careful

Due diligence is a common subject, so it’s natural to think of it as an easy subject as well. But it’s not. There’s no black-letter law anywhere describing due diligence, or what type is needed for an effective compliance program under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or how much should be done.… Continue Reading

U.S. Prosecutors Detain And Search BAE Leaders

The Justice Department escalated its politically explosive investigation into BAE Systems’ role in the $2 billion bribery scandal involving alleged illegal payments to former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, in return for the sale of jet fighters to the Saudi government.… Continue Reading

The Victims Of Corruption

Today’s Observer (the Sunday edition of the U.K.’s Guardian) carries an excellent commentary by Will Hutton here. It’s about China’s heartbreaking May 12, 2008 earthquake. The first paragraph says,

Earthquake’s don’t destroy strong, well-built buildings, they destroy weak ones.Continue Reading

Willbros Resolves FCPA Offenses

Willbros Group Inc. has confirmed that it will pay $32.3 million and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement to settle civil and criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.… Continue Reading

From The Mailbag

The question our readers most want answered — after we tell them bloggers have no way to predict Powerball winners — is, Who’s covered by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? It’s always the jurisdiction thing — and for good reason.… Continue Reading

A Modality By Any Other Name

The language of corruption, as of most bad actions, is endlessly inventive. It could even be called picturesque if the subject wasn’t the grubby crime of bribery. Like drug dealers who constantly rename their product to keep it attractive, those in the business of corruption do the same.… Continue Reading

A Strange Season

The last time it happened, North America was still deep in winter. On February 22nd, Flowserve agreed to appoint a monitor under a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice.… Continue Reading