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Can the guilty plea allocution of a corporation be admitted against an individual defendant in a criminal trial to prove the existence of a conspiracy? A recent evidentiary ruling in the Southern District of New York suggests it can, provided that “signatories” to the corporate plea agreement are available for cross-examination. This article reviews the history of the admission of individual co-conspirator plea allocutions in criminal cases and discuss why the admission of a corporate guilty plea, despite the opportunity to cross-examine a corporate employee who signed the plea agreement, does not provide the type of cross-examination guaranteed by the Confrontation Clause. As a result, the Confrontation Clause should operate as a per se bar on the admission of corporate plea allocutions in the trials of individual defendants.
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By Jonathan B. New, Patrick T. Campbell and Lauren Lyster
This article examines recent developments and trends concerning federal whistleblower programs that compliance officers need to know and provides best practices recommendations for ensuring that your company maintains a robust whistleblower and anti-retaliation program in light of increased whistleblower activity.
By Harry Sandick and Gautam Rao
In recent years, U.S. prosecutors and regulators have shown increasing interest in prosecuting people and entities with little or no connection to the United States. This trend has been especially pronounced in the context of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has also extended beyond the FCPA to the prosecution of white-collar crime more generally.
By Jonathan S. Feld and Kevin Connor
Assessing the risks and liabilities of a potential transaction requires frank and open communication between the parties, including legal counsel. Understanding the scope and limitations of this privilege in transactional settings and who “holds” it is vital to its preservation.
By Ross Benson and Robert N. Driscoll
Given the rapid expansion of interest and participation in cryptocurrency transactions, it’s not a matter of whether you have an interest in crypto, think it’s all a bizarre techno-bubble, the eventual replacement for fiat currency, or somewhere in between. The fact of the matter is your clients, and future clients, are more likely than ever to have a connection to this market, and a brief review of the headlines can make this prospect seem terrifying.