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May 29

Former Speaker Hastert Indicted: Structuring a Costly Cover-Up

Yesterday, the Department of Justice charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in an indictment stemming from his alleged agreement to pay an unknown individual $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that unknown person. According to the indictment, Mr. Hastert, a… Read More

May 01

Confidentiality Shouldn’t End When the Lawyer Walks Through the Nonprofit’s Doors

Yesterday, the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) filed an amicus curiae brief requesting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court uphold the Commonwealth Court’s decision that there is no fiduciary duty for attorneys of nonprofit corporations to report suspected theft or wrongdoing to law enforcement. The details… Read More

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Apr 24

General Petraeus Avoids Jail for Leaking Classified Information to Girlfriend

Yesterday, former CIA head and retired General David H. Petraeus was sentenced for leaking classified information about the war in Afghanistan to his biographer/mistress, Paula Broadwell. Broadwell published a biography about him in 2012, “All In: The Education of David Petraeus,” before the affair was… Read More

Mar 25

More Puritanical Punishment Courtesy of Utah: “White Collar Crime Registry”

This post was co-authored by White Collar Alert contributor, Erin Dougherty. Yesterday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a new bill into law that creates a “Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry” (the “Registry”). This Registry – which is the first of its kind relating to… Read More

Feb 20

Former First Lady of Virginia Sentenced: Did Husband’s “Throw Momma Off the Train” Approach Work?

Readers of the White Collar Alert know that we have been closely following the downward spiral of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell after their ill-fated relationship with Virginia businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Maureen McDonnell was convicted of eight counts… Read More

Feb 05

Landmark $1.375 Billion Settlement in S&P Case Highlights DOJ’s FIRREA Civil Enforcement

Just two years after the ink dried on the Department of Justice’s civil complaint against McGraw-Hill Financial, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC and almost a decade after S&P was alleged to have misled investors by promoting all-star grades… Read More

Jan 30

Judge Ambro Joins White Collar Alert in the Choir “Lament[ing]” Third Circuit’s Erwin Decision

Often as criminal defense attorneys we feel like the lone voice calling out against what we perceive to be cases of injustice. But yesterday Third Circuit Judge Ambro – joined by Judges Rendell, Greenaway, and Vanaskie – gave a nod to White Collar Alert and… Read More

Jan 21

SOTU: What Obama’s Mandate Means for Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Enforcement

This guest post was co-authored by Stephen Grossman and Michael Hayes. Stephen and Michael are partners in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department and co-chairs of the firm’s Electronic Discovery practice. Stephen can be reached at 856.488.7767 or at sgrossman@mmwr.com. Michael can be reached at 215.772.7211 or… Read More

Jan 14

Commission Proposes Limited, Though Significant, Amendments to Fraud Guidelines

As we previously noted, the U.S. Sentencing Commission has been considering changes to the Sentencing Guidelines for economic crimes. This deliberation over Section 2B1.1 stems, in part, from criticism from practitioners, judges, and scholars suggesting that “the fraud [G]uideline[s] may be fundamentally broken.” Indeed, as… Read More

Jan 07

What To Do At Your Federal Sentencing: Lessons Learned from Ex-Virginia Governor McDonnell

Yesterday, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison following his public corruption conviction for using the governor’s office to help a dietary supplement executive in exchange for loans, gifts, and, as we’ve noted before, a Rolex and a joy ride… Read More