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As we have observed over the years, when federal prosecutors focus their attention on high profile misconduct that is not an obvious violation of federal criminal law, they often cannot resist the attractions of broadly worded “catch-all” fraud statutes like the one prohibiting wire fraud. From time to time, however, the U.S. Supreme Court has pushed back on efforts to further expand the boundaries of these statutes, leading to reversals of some well-publicized criminal convictions. The most recent example is the Supreme Court’s reversal of the “Bridgegate”-related convictions of Bill Baroni, the former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority, and Bridget Anne Kelly, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The unanimous “Bridgegate” decision’s rationale, however, was relatively narrow. The court, for example, did not expressly weigh in on the controversial “right to control” theory, which provides that a defendant deprives a victim of “property” as required under the federal fraud statutes if he or she denies the victim the right to control how its assets are used. The extent to which the principles articulated in that decision will have an impact on future federal fraud prosecutions is currently being tested in another high-profile case currently on appeal before the Second Circuit where the “right to control” theory is at issue — United States v. Gatto, otherwise known as the NCAA “hoops” case.
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By Fotis Konstantinidis, Michael Pace and Jason Wright
This article explains the DOJ’s recent emphasis on robust data analytics in anti-corruption compliance programs, outlines how data analytics can and should be used in these programs, and suggests an approach to help legal counsel and companies determine if corporate programs will pass muster with the DOJ.
By Brad Kutner
They say every defendant deserves an attorney, and that surely includes a former president, but how does a lawyer defend someone facing multiple indictments in multiple districts all while they’re running a campaign to return to the White House? Several white-collar defense attorneys who spoke with Business Crimes Bulletin’s ALM sibling The National Law Journal have some ideas.
By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
The Supreme Court’s Dubin decision is another worthy entrant in the long running series of SCOTUS decisions applying judicial restraints where prosecutors seem unable to restrain themselves.
By Maydeen Merino
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have proposed merger guidelines that reflect the Biden administration’s aggressive enforcement approach to corporate acquisitions that considers not only their effect on competition but on the labor market, antitrust attorneys said.