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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

Shruti Shah and Marian Currinder: Friends don’t shower money and gifts on friends

Recently U.S. Senator Robert Menendez joined the (growing) list of politicians who have managed to beat back corruption charges despite engaging in ethically questionable behavior.

Like former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (about whom we’ve written here and here), Menendez claimed that the extravagant gifts he accepted over a number of years, including first-class travel, luxury hotel stays, and lavish vacations, were nothing more than presents from a good friend.… Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit Rejects Jefferson’s Appeal

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in Richmond, Virginia on Monday affirmed former U.S. Representative William Jefferson’s convictions for an FCPA conspiracy and nine other corruption counts.… Continue Reading

Cable Reveals ‘Foreign Policy’ Impact Of Jefferson’s FCPA Case

Reporters Bruce Alpert and Jonathan Tilove at the New Orleans Times-Picayune found a WikiLeaks cable with a tie to ex-Congressman William Jefferson’s prosecution for bribery and FCPA-related offenses.

The internal State Department assessment from 2005 said Nigeria’s ‘then-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was hoping the FBI would get the dirt on Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his wife, Jennifer Douglas, as part of its probe of Jefferson, thereby derailing Abubakar’s expected run for president,’ according to the Times-Picayune story.… Continue Reading

More Delay In Jefferson’s Appeal

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals won’t hear former Congressman William Jefferson’s appeal until late October. 

His appellate argument was first set for May this year. But his lawyer’s illness pushed the date to September, and a crowded calendar force the appeals court to reschedule until sometime between October 25 and 28.… Continue Reading

Worst FCPA Prosecutions Ever

We have enormous respect for those who serve the public, including the prosecutors at the DOJ. Without them, the ‘rule of law’ would just be pretty words.

But everyone is human and stuff happens.… Continue Reading

Jefferson Appeals FCPA Conspiracy Charge

Three years ago, William Jefferson became the first member of Congress to be charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Two years later, he became the first individual in nearly twenty years to be acquitted of a substantive FCPA charge.… Continue Reading

Jefferson’s Jury Speaks

Bruce Alpert of the Times-Picayune dissects the jury’s deliberations in last summer’s trial of former congressman William Jefferson. Alpert’s story confirms for the first time that the jury believed Jefferson was guilty of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Lessons From FCPAscam

That’s a Smith and Wesson and you’ve had your six.

        ~ James Bond to an out-of-ammo assailant in “Dr. No”

Twenty-two people from military and law-enforcement supply companies — including the vice president of sales for American gun-maker Smith & Wesson — were arrested Tuesday on charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and conspiracy to violate the FCPA and launder money.… Continue Reading