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A defendant who pleads guilty is usually required to waive a host of constitutional and statutory rights, such as the right to a jury trial, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the right to testify and present evidence. Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b). By necessity, a defendant who wishes to gain the potential sentencing benefits of pleading guilty must waive these trial rights. However, many defendants are also required to waive their right to appeal in order to receive a favorable plea agreement with the government. In federal court, these agreements typically require the waiver of the right to appeal when the sentence is within or below an agreed-upon range. In addition, only with the consent of the government and the court may a defendant enter a conditional plea in federal court and thereby reserve the right to appeal an adverse determination of a pretrial motion (such as a suppression motion or a motion in limine). Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(a)(2).
By Paige Ammons and Preston Burton
In any investigation where a client is deposed or interviewed by a government agent, experienced lawyers should be wary of potential false statement liability and likely will have advised their clients of the paramount need to be truthful. Voluntary communications, initiated by a company or individual, with government officials are of a different ilk, however
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
In Part One of this article last month, we discussed several of the key business crimes cases from the recently concluded October Term 2018. We resume this discussion in Part Two of our article and offer some concluding thoughts about where the Court may go next in the years to come.
By Michael J. Rivera and Abby I. Yi
Cybersecurity has been a high priority topic for the SEC the past few years. In September 2017, the SEC created a Cyber Unit within its Enforcement Division. This Cyber Unit had over 225 active investigations at the SEC’s 2018 fiscal year end. The SEC has focused in particular on cybersecurity risks facing public companies.
By Juliet Gunev
Maryland’s Largest Ever Ponzi-Scheme: Kevin Merrill Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for $396 Million Consumer Debt Fraud