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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

Speaking Freely

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of VirginiaThe Miller Center of Public Affairs [at the University of Virginia] has a long tradition of luring influential people to speak to engaged citizens, but this genteel practice degenerated on Friday, March 19, at an appearance by the lawyer who wrote the infamous “torture memos” that the Bush Administration used to justify waterboarding terrorist suspects.Continue Reading

Guilty Plea By Former Haitian Telco Official

A former Haitian phone company official at the center of a major Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecution pleaded guilty Friday to a money-laundering conspiracy. 

The Justice Department said Robert Antoine, 62, of Miami and Haiti, the director of international affairs for state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti from May 2001 to April 2003, accepted bribes from three U.S.… Continue Reading

Money-Laundering Plea In Haiti Telco Case

The Justice Department said today the head of a Florida-based company pleaded guilty to laundering money used to bribe former officials at Haiti’s state-owned telecommunications company.

Jean Fourcand, 62, of Miami, was the president and director of Fourcand Enterprises Inc.… Continue Reading

Five Indicted For Haiti Telco Bribes

The Justice Department announced on Monday the indictment of five people — including two Florida executives, a Florida-based agent, and two former Haitian telco officials — for their roles in a bribery scheme.… Continue Reading

Guilty Pleas In Haiti Bribery Case

Two Florida men have admitted bribing employees of Haiti’s state-owned telephone company in return for better rates for Miami-based communications firms.

Juan Diaz, 51, of Miami, pleaded guilty Friday to a one-count criminal information.… Continue Reading

Looking Again At U.S. v. Kay

David Kay and Douglas Murphy bet their freedom on a high-risk and untested FCPA defense. Kay, the former vice president of American Rice, Inc. (ARI), and Murphy, the former president, never denied bribing officials in Haiti to reduce the company’s tax burden.… Continue Reading

FCPA Convictions Upheld Against Kay And Murphy

They Paid Bribes to Reduce Taxes in Haiti; The FCPA Gave Them Fair Warning, the Court says

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed on October 24, 2007 the criminal convictions of David Kay and Douglas Murphy for violating the antibribery provisions of the U.S.… Continue Reading

Question: Why Do Bribes to Reduce Foreign Taxes Violate the FCPA?

The answer, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is this:

[T]he concern of Congress with the immorality, inefficiency, and unethical character of bribery presumably does not vanish simply because the tainted payments are intended to secure a favorable decision less significant than winning a contract bid.

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