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