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By Jack Sharman | White-collar crime, corporate internal investigations, grand jury practice and corporate governance. The whole deal.

Speculation grows around Flynn and Mueller probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation has spawned a new guessing game in Washington centered on Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President …

Robert Mueller

Lauren Bacall and The Big Sleep: Film Noir Cool, White Collar Crime, Cocktail Cold | White Collar Wire

Lauren Bacall<p>To the extent that it reflected crime, Lauren Bacall’s work was noir, not white-collar; black, not white; guns, not accounting fraud. …

Crime

Trump tortured Spicer and Priebus. Now they get to tell investigators about Trump.

Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus are among six current and former White House aides with whom special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is likely to seek interviews in his Russia investigation, as The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Ashley Parker report.<p>The fact that top …

Donald Trump

Sharman looking thoughtful on public corruption panel at @ABACJS Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute.

The weaponization of plea bargain offers | Opinion

In a previous column, I expressed appreciation for the work done on bail reform in New Jersey. My support for the switch to a largely non-monetary …

Impeachment Lessons and The Midnight Special | White Collar Wire

(1973-1981)<p>This post will eventually test your affinity for the 1970s, which featured both Richard Nixon and The Midnight Special. The Special was …

Gin Van, Joan Collins and Rare Earth | White Collar Wire

Friday is upon us, so a few notes about cocktails.<p>Blue Hawaiian, anyone?<p>The cocktail snob is suffering a (deserved) backlash, as Robert O. Simonson …

White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie | White Collar Wire

Gun Crazy (1950)<p>In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, …

Crime

Summer Crime, “Young Lawyers,” Martinis | White Collar Wire

Casual Friday.<p>Summer’s heat is fully upon us. Let us take a moment for crime fiction and cocktails.<p>For recent crime-fiction releases, take a look at …

Trump, Putin had previously undisclosed visit at G20 dinner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official said on Tuesday.<p>The two leaders held a formal two-hour bilateral …

Prosecutors use Joe Arpaio's immigration talk against him

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal trial opened Monday over his defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking the most aggressive effort to hold the former lawman of metro Phoenix accountable for tactics that critics say racially profiled Latinos.<p>In …

Immigration

US does not need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

PORTLAND, Ore. – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency does not need a court order to subpoena a prescription drug database kept by the state of Oregon, but the ruling did not specify whether those subpoenas would violate constitutional protections.<p>…

Surveillance

Mishandle a Fraud Search, and All That Fine Evidence Could Be for Nothing

A search conducted at a home or business can feel like a terrible violation of privacy. When a score of agents tramp through the premises taking just about everything that isn’t nailed down, the question is whether that comports with the Fourth Amendment’s protection “against unreasonable searches …

Incorporated

Pharmacy Boss Barry Cadden Gets Nine Years for Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

BOSTON — Barry Cadden, the pharmacy co-owner found responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Monday, far less than the victims had wanted.<p>"I'm sorry for your extraordinary losses," Cadden, wiping his eyes, said in U.S. …

Public Health

Robert Mueller emerging as gatekeeper for all Russia probes, and Congress is wary

Kevin Johnson, Erin Kelly | USA TODAY<p>WASHINGTON — As multiple congressional committees widen their Russia investigations, former FBI director Robert Mueller is emerging as the gatekeeper.<p>In the past week, since Mueller was appointed to oversee the FBI's ongoing probe into possible collusion between …

Government

Internal Investigations: Lessons Learned from a Governor's Impeachment

Impeachment

Ex-coal CEO fresh from prison urges Trump to probe 2010 blast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former coal executive who last week finished a yearlong prison sentence for conspiring to violate safety standards at a mine where a deadly blast occurred, has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to "get to the truth" about the incident.<p>Donald Blankenship, who was chief …

Electronic Medical Records and Federal Criminal Prosecution | White Collar Wire

Bedside manner.<p>Electronic medical records (or “EMR”) were supposed to be a boon to the provision of healthcare.<p>As two Boston-area physicians point …

Medical Technology

Pill Mills, Poppy Flowers, Dead Poets and the Human Resources Department | White Collar Wire

“In Flanders fields . . . .”<br>(via Zyance)<p>Having been through a seven-week federal criminal “pill mill” trial, I think a lot about enforcement of the …

Corruption

What the Crackdown on Painkiller Prescribing Means for HR

When hospitals and health systems are implicated in legal cases, it can hurt reputations, morale, and the bottom line. Here's what HR can do to …

Pain

Michael Mann Sets Reed Farrel Coleman To Co-Write ‘Heat’ Prequel Novel | Deadline

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: After a long manhunt that involved months of interviews with substantial authors, Michael Mann has found his co-writer for the prequel …

Why you should re-read Paradise Lost

The greatest epic poem in the English language, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, has divided critics – but its influence on English literature is second only to Shakespeare’s, writes Benjamin Ramm.<p>Milton’s Paradise Lost is rarely read today. But this epic poem, 350 years old this month, remains a work …

Literature

SEC freezes brokerage accounts behind alleged insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday it had frozen assets in two brokerage accounts used last week to reap more than $1 million in alleged insider trading profits in connection with a merger announcement by Liberty Interactive Corp and General Communication …

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

A Dubious Key Witness Didn’t Sink This Insider Trading Case

The prosecution of William T. Walters for insider trading had it all: outsize personalities from the worlds of sports and business, a defendant known for high-stakes betting with a history of brushes with the law, the prosecution nearly compromised by an F.B.I. agent leaking confidential …

Corruption

Barclays C.E.O. Investigated Over Treatment of Whistle-Blower

The British banking giant Barclays is again facing questions about its leadership just as its efforts to turn itself around in the aftermath of the 2012 Libor scandal are starting to take shape.<p>The bank said on Monday that its American chief executive, James E. Staley, was being investigated by the …

Fraud

At Wells Fargo, Crushing Pressure and Lax Oversight Produced a Scandal

The red flags were all there, waiting for somebody to stitch them together.<p>An increasing number of Wells Fargo customers were opening accounts and neglecting to make a deposit. By 2012, only 80 percent of newly opened accounts were being funded, compared with 90 percent in 2005, according to a …

Fraud

KPMG Fires 6 Over Ethics Breach on Audit Warnings

The accounting firm KPMG has fired six employees, including the head of its audit practice in the United States, after it learned they were given improper warnings ahead of planned audit inspections by its regulator, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.<p>KPMG said that an individual who had …

Accounting

United and Pepsi Affairs Force Brands to Respect Social Media

When Jason Marker, the new chief executive of the company that owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, met with several of his marketing executives this week, one of his first requests was for screens to be installed in the company’s headquarters to display real-time social media conversations about its …

Social Media Marketing