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Editors

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

Disorder In The Court, Last Call

How prevalent is judicial corruption? Our primary source this week, Transparency International, took a close look. During 2006 it asked almost 60,000 people in 62 countries whether they or any member of their household had interacted with their country’s judicial system in the past year and, if so, had they paid a bribe.… Continue Reading

Disorder In The Court

It probably makes no sense to ask which form of public corruption is the worst, since they all destroy the fabric of society. But as lawyers, we think judicial corruption should be singled out.… Continue Reading

One Of Congress’s Finer Moments

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial in its November 28, 2007 edition about the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the world-wide battle against public corruption. “Global Cleansing” is available here (but the online WSJ is still by subscription only).… Continue Reading

“Payload” Is An FCPA Watershed

Visitors to this blog — if they haven’t done so already — will want to read an outstanding article from the November 25, 2007 edition of the New York Times. It’s called “Payload: Taking Aim at Corporate Bribery.”… Continue Reading

Will Nigeria Hit The Boiling Point?

The online edition of Nigeria’s Business Day newspaper carried a story on November 19, 2007 that’s noteworthy. It’s about how corrupt multinationals are undermining the country’s economy. The story can be found here.… Continue Reading

Counting Corruption

A friend from Nigeria, which appears on these pages for the wrong reasons all too often, visited us this week. He gives a face and a voice to the human cost of his country’s terrible twins, red tape and corruption.… Continue Reading

Schnitzer’s Victory

The case was full of bad facts. For nearly ten years until late 2004, some $1.8 million in bribes went to foreign officials and private parties in South Korea and China.… Continue Reading

Enron’s Culture Of Non-Compliance

One consistent measure of a compliance culture is executive responsibility. In the case of Enron’s CEO, Jeffrey Skilling, there was little evidence of that. True, he was obligated to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Continue Reading

There Are Moral Problems . . .

“There are moral problems as well as legal problems that go far beyond simply the question of illegal payoffs to foreign officials.

“There are questions concerning the role of multi­national corporations, the extent to which they have obligations to the countries in which they conduct their business, the extent to which they should seek to raise the standards of conduct there, the respect which they should show the laws of other countries.… Continue Reading