White Collar

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

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 …

Books

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 …

Donald Trump

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 …

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>…

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 …

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. …

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

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 President Trump's campaign and the …

Internal Investigations: Lessons Learned from a Governor's 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 …

Climate

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

<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 …

Robert DeNiro

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 …

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 …

Trading

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘It’s not about sex, it’s about power’: Meet the lawyer who helped bring down Alabama’s ‘love gov’

Even in the face of secretly recorded phone calls of him talking dirty to a woman not his wife, even in the face of a state ethics commission recommending he be charged with four felonies related to the alleged affair with a former top aide, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) refused to resign.<p>The …

Corruption

The case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump. (Too soon?)

<b>THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT</b><p><b>by Allan J. Lichtman.</b> <b>Dey St. Books. 290 pp. $24.99</b><p>Too soon?<p>Any discussion of presidential impeachment that arrives before journalists have even embarked on their ritualistic “first hundred days” coverage could rightly be deemed premature, and to publish an entire book …

Donald Trump

NASA ‘sting’ operation against 74-year-old widow of Apollo engineer draws court rebuke

Agents of the U.S. government are entitled to immunity from lawsuits for what they do in the line of duty, as long as they do it right, in accord with the Constitution.<p>But what one NASA investigator did to Joann Davis, a financially distressed widow of an engineer on the Apollo program who was …

Crime

‘Prediction professor’ lays out eight reasons Trump could be impeached

American University Professor Allan Lichtman was one of the few professional prognosticators to call President Trump's win in November.<p>Using his system of “Keys to the White House,” which postulates that presidential elections are essentially a reflection on the party in power, Lichtman said Trump …

Donald Trump

Verdict Form Reveals Close Call In Meningitis Murder Case

Law360, Boston (March 23, 2017, 10:56 PM EDT) -- An unprecedented case ended in a most unusual way: Jurors considering a sweeping indictment against …

Throwing Away a Legal Career for $310,000

Would you sell your career for $310,000? It appears that Jeffrey A. Wertkin may have tried to do just that by passing a copy of a sealed whistle-blower complaint against a Silicon Valley company to one of its employees in exchange for that amount.<p>Unfortunately, he never actually got the money …

Spain's Princess Cristina acquitted in tax fraud trial

King’s sister acquitted, but husband Iñaki Urdangarin given six-year jail sentence on charges including fraud and tax evasion<p>Spain’s Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, has been cleared of helping her husband evade taxes after a year-long trial that has further tarnished the image of …

Corruption